Carlsbad gets $752K grant for more renovations at new senior center

Carlsbad City Council approved a $752,000 grant agreement with the State of New Mexico Sept. 28 for phase two renovations of the Alejandro Ruiz Senior Center.

City of Carlsbad Municipal Services Director Angie Barrios-Testa said the grant application was submitted to the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) in 2019 and approved during the 2020 New Mexico Legislative Session.

ALTSD Capital Outlay Bureau Chief Barbara Romero said her department was fortunate to use general obligation (G.O.) bonds to fund senior citizen center projects across New Mexico.

“Starting in January, we have a new data application base for us to submit applications. We do trainings in February and March to go over the rules of use for general obligation bonds or severance tax bonds for senior centers and then we close the application data base usually in late April,” she said.