Community college buying National Guard armory in Tucumcari

January 12, 2019

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico National Guard’s armory in Tucumcari soon will be used by college students, not soldiers.

Mesalands Community College says the New Mexico Higher Education Department and the State Board of Finance recently approved the college’s plan to purchase the facility for a future student center and athletic complex.

The college says it’s buying Board is selling the 21,540 sq.-foot (2,001 sq.-meter) building and nearly 8 acres (3 hectares) of land from the New Mexico State Armory for $1. The armory is next to the college.

College President Groesbeck says the acquisition will help the college increase its on-campus enrollment and expand student services.

According to the college, the sale should close within 60 days and the new facility is expected to open in the fall of 2020.

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