Mesalands Community College to develop old armory building into student center


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    The New Mexico State Armory Board has agreed to sell Mesalands Community College the armory for $1, and the deal is expected to close in 60 days, according to a news release from the college.

    MCC moved closer to owning the New Mexico National Guard Armory in Tucumcari after the deal was approved recently by the New Mexico Higher Education Department and the New Mexico State Board of Finance, according to the MCC news release.

    Mesalands plans to use the armory for a future student center/athletics complex.

    The deal includes the 21,540 square-foot building and the associated real estate property of 7.86 acres.

    Dr. John Groesbeck, president of Mesalands Community College, said the armory will assist the institution in recruiting students nationally and internationally.

    “The armory is critical to meeting our strategic goal of increasing on-campus enrollment and expanding the services we provide for our students,” Groesbeck said in the MCC release. “The armory will help us facilitate the development of a stronger presence in the residential, junior college market, by having a student health center, additional sports teams, food service, outdoor recreation, and the other dimensions necessary to do so.”

    According to the MCC news release:

    • The armory is at 1200 S. 11th Street, adjacent to Mesalands Community College.
    • The facility will be used for a student center, indoor student activities, and an art gallery.
    • The armory has a commercial kitchen and cafeteria, a full gym with men’s and women’s locker rooms, which could accommodate intercollegiate/intramural sports.
    • The College will also make the facility available to the community for special events.

    “The City of Tucumcari will also benefit from this project,” Groesbeck said. “Increasing the number of on-campus, residential students at Mesalands Community College, will have a positive impact on the economic development of this region.”

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