- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Las Cruces is creating a task force to address abandoned buildings in neighborhoods around the city, including the historic district.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/2htN2ZC ) that city officials say they have formed a task force address the issue and have been reviewing city codes about enforcing building nuisance issues. A preliminary inventory found 210 vacant or abandoned properties in Las Cruces, including in the Mesquite Historic District.

City law enforcement says code staff members are in the process of visiting each location to figure out who owns the property and how the problems can be addressed.

Former City Councilor Dolores Archuleta has been pushing for the city to address the abandoned properties. She says such locations can attract criminal activity.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com


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