- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s abandoned buildings are costing the state a great of deal of money.

KRQE-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1JB8elt ) the state owns about 100 abandoned buildings totaling 618,000 square feet of space. The buildings are in varying conditions with some crumbling in the harsh heat and others targeted by vandals.

The state’s largest cluster of abandoned buildings is a 400-acre property located at Fort Bayard. An old hospital there costs the state $100,000 annually in upkeep and will cost $3.8 million to tear down.

The New Mexico State Police and the Department of Corrections use space on the Los Lunas campus, but most of the buildings there remain vacant.

General Services Secretary Ed Burckle says the state tries to find another use for a property, but that’s not always the cheapest option.


Information from: KRQE-TV, https://www.krqe.com

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