Forest Service Building sold to city

The City of Española got a great deal on the old Santa Fe National Forest Service building on North Riverside Drive, behind Garcia Tires. The property was appraised for $100,000 more than the asking price but a motivated seller didn’t care.

   The City of Española in May approved the purchase of the property at 1710 N. Riverside Drive, which was previously an office building for the U.S. Forest Service. City Manager Xavier Martinez explained the reasons for purchasing the building.

    “It came up for sale and it was brought to our attention by Councilor Peggy Sue Martinez, and the owner of that property was based out of Florida and he was looking to sell it pretty quick,” he said.

    The property was appraised for about $100,000 more than the asking price. City Council approved the purchase on May 12. The final amount paid by the city was $346,694

    “It was a steal, pretty much, and the city was in a position to go ahead and purchase it,” Martinez said. “Right now it’s currently vacant, it’s quite a few offices and it’s pretty much a turnkey building with minimal maintenance required.”

    Possible plans for the building include a second fire station, for which the city has received $700,000 in capital outlay funds from the state. The building could also be used for additional office space to allow better distancing between city employees during the pandemic. But, there are no solid plans for the building as of yet.

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