Developers discuss Cannon housing details

Kevin Wilson An Atlanta-based developer met with about 80 developers Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center to discuss details on a private housing plan at Cannon Air Force Base. Schedule to start July 1, the housing privatization project will add 677 new homes to the base. The work at Cannon is part of a $470 […]

Small business conference scheduled

Clovis Media Inc. A small business outreach conference has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. March 13 at the Clovis Civic Center for subcontractors and suppliers to work on a privatized housing project at Cannon Air Force Base. Balfour Beatty Construction is seeking qualified applicants to work on a project of approximately 677 new housing […]

Rural refinance program to launch

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch a single family housing guaranteed rural refinance pilot program in New Mexico to help rural borrowers refinance their mortgages, according to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. To be eligible under this pilot, borrowers must have made timely mortgage payments for 12 consecutive months. Rural residents can […]

Number of homes, retailers growing

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Slowly but surely, Portales is on its way to having more family housing, according to the December report for building permits. “We’re actually up in every category this year except roofing,” City Planning Director Sammy Standefer said. “This year, we’re up on single family dwellings slightly.” Standefer said prior to 2008, 25 permits annually for […]

Housing allowance rates raised

Basic Allowance for Housing paid to a million service members living off base in stateside areas will rise an average of 2 percent Jan. 1. BAH for a typical enlisted member, in pay grade E-6 with dependents, will increase by an average of about $35 a month. BAH for a typical officer, a married O-3, […]

Developer selected for Cannon housing privatization

Freedom New Mexico A group of six Air Force bases, which includes Cannon Air Force Base, has selected a developer for a $470 million housing privatization project. Cannon will receive 1,038 homes in the Joe Cannon Estates and Chavez housing area — 677 new homes and 361 renovations on houses at Chavez West — through […]

Press release: Air Force selects partner for Cannon housing privatization

(From 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs) CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Belfour Beatty Communities (BBC) has been selected as the highest ranking offeror for the Air Force’s Northern Group Housing Privatization Project.

Obama forgets lessons from housing crisis

Nearly everyone recognized the obvious steps that had to be taken after 2008’s housing disaster — no more loans to unqualified buyers, no more creative financing, no more packaging for resale of securitized mortgages not worth their face value. Apparently, President Barack Obama already has forgotten. He proposes a housing fix with more problematic government […]

Portales minor arrested for burglaries

A Portales minor was arrested Monday and charged with breaking into five homes in 801 military housing in Portales on Oct. 4, according to Portales police. He’s also charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, police said. He is being held at the juvenile detention center in Clovis.

Realtors: Housing demand strong

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Argen Duncan The local housing market is slower than in the past but doing better than most of the nation, people involved in that market have said. “Compared to the rest of the country, we’ve really been blessed in Curry and Roosevelt counties,” said Wanda Graham of Kiva Realty in Portales. The area has seen […]

Monday morning briefing: Last chance, affordable housing and Dylan dismays

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Last chance The Portales Public Library Summer Reading Program ends this week for both children and young adults. An end-of-the-program party for all participants is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Library. The party includes prizes. The final events of the programs, movies […]

Friday morning briefing: Town hall, affordable housing and Carter’s crisis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Town hall The city of Clovis’ Affordable Housing Town Hall meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday at the Clovis-Carver Library North Annex. It’s open to the public. Music, music, music The Clovis Music Festival Committee is meeting at noon today at the Clovis Curry […]

Housing markets tight near bases

The inability of homebuilders to secure construction loans in this weak economy, combined with major force realignments from Europe and other areas, has created housing shortages for families at many large stateside military bases, the Government Accountability Office reports. The housing squeeze, which impacts at least 19 bases, isn’t going to be relieved anytime soon […]

Council approves study for affordable housing plan

Argen Duncan Local officials expect an affordable housing plan would not only help with the development of a new 50-unit apartment complex but with attracting more housing later. At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday, councilors voted to provide $5,000 to match a $10,000 New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority grant to hire a consultant to […]

McGee: landlordin’ not for me

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist All this talk around here about affordable housing got me to thinking about landlordin’. I thought maybe I could pick up some real estate real cheap, slap on a coat of paint, then sit back and watch the big coin roll in every month. But, I don’t know if landlordin’ […]

Clovis moving ahead with affordable housing plan

When Clovis found out that nearby Cannon Air Force Base would receive a bump in personnel for its new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, growth management consultants suggested an affordable housing plan as responsible planning for the city’s future. The last two commanders at Cannon, and some of their officers, have spoken at length […]

Clovis housing agency receives grant

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Inc. has been awarded $41,632 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The agency is one of seven state agencies that received a total of $524,949 in grant monies. Funding was awarded under […]

My turn: Former ENMU housing director leaves legacy of colorful memories

When I walk across the Eastern New Mexico University plaza, I often think of Dallan Sanders, whom it’s named after. The former housing director was Mr. ENMU, cruising around in his green convertible, and when he became the Chamber of Commerce director, me and my newsroom buddies called him Mr. Portales as he came into […]

Cannon housing needs tops list among Midwest bases

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base has the greatest need for improved and new housing units among six Midwest bases in line for private housing contract. The process of shifting to privatized housing was discussed Friday morning during a site visit meeting hosted by MHW Americas. By next year, the military hopes to have a […]

Cannon has greatest housing need

Cannon Air Force Base has the greatest need for improved and new housing units among six Midwest bases in line for private housing contract. The process of shifting to privatized housing was discussed Friday morning during a site visit meeting hosted by MHW Americas. By next year, the military hopes to have a private company […]