Improvements To Lucero Center, Library Parking, More Underway

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Lucero Center parking area after removal of old asphalt. Photo by Robert Naranjo

Improvements To Lucero Center, Library Parking, More Underway


Anyone visiting the Lucero Center or the library will see preliminary work being done by the city Streets Department in a project that will extend to Valdez Park, according to City Planner Patrick Nicholson, with Espanola’s Planning and Land Use Department.

The old asphalt on the parking lot has been removed and improvements being laid out. The work, slated for completion by December 31, will include “grading, draining and restriping” according to Nicholson.

Moreover, “on the south face of City Hall” the steps on the slope leading to the Lucero Center “have been removed and a new retention wall will be built” Nicholson added.

The entire project will cost $230,000 dollars and is being funded completely by the City of Espanola. The city Streets Department is helping keep project costs down by doing as much of the preliminary work as possible, according to Nicholson.

Other improvements include the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s (NMDOT) plan to install a sidewalk and infrastructure  improvements along Vietnam Memorial Parkway to Railroad Avenue, Nicholson said.