Council approves resolutions for street construction, affordable housing

Council approves resolutions for street construction, affordable housing

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By MIKE COOK

Las Cruces Bulletin

At its Monday, Feb. 21 regular meeting, the Las Cruces City Council unanimously approved resolutions:

▪ Designating portions of two streets near the Las Cruces Public Schools Field of Dreams sports complex – on Tashiro Drive between north Valley Drive and north Motel Drive, and on Motel Boulevard between west Picacho Avenue and Tashiro Drive – as “Coach Jim Bradley Championship Way.”

Bradley was the long-time football coach at Mayfield High School. He died in 2015.

Under the memorial roadway designation approved by the council, there will be no changes to any street names or to any addresses.

The sections of the Tashiro Drive and Motel Boulevard were selected to honor Bradley because they are near the Field of Dreams, which Bradley “had a lot to do with,” former LCPS Athletic Director Harold “Bump” Elliott said.

Four highway signs will be placed on the two streets to mark the designation.

In August, the council defeated a motion to rename a portion of Tashiro Drive as Jim Bradley Drive.

▪ Renovating a 1.5-mile stretch of Valley Drive from Picacho Avenue to Avenida de Mesilla and a portion of Avenida de Mesilla between Valley Drive and Hickory Loop. The proposal includes five-foot sidewalks, buffered bike lanes and four-foot-wide parkways, and would give Organ and Hayner avenues full access to Valley Drive, said interim City Public Works Director Louis Grijalva. Because Valley Drive is a state road, the New Mexico Department of Transportation will pay the entire $14 million allocated for the project.

▪ Adopting the city’s new affordable housing plan, which puts the city in compliance with the state Affordable Housing Act to provide affordable housing for very low- and low-income residents. You can view the affordable housing plan for the city here.

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