In May of 2019 DLCP was a recipient of the Emera/New Mexico Gas Copmany (NMGC) Economic Development Award. This $5,000 funding supports economic development and community projects for job creation in New Mexico.
In collaboration with the Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District (ACD), DLCP has used this award to improve the appearance and maintenance of the Campo Campound which currently features the small businesses Eyeconik Records, Atom Bomb studio, Creative Harmony Gallery and historic apartments. As the Campo Compound is the entry and gateway to the Mesquite Historic District the renovation and clean-up were significant steps for the downtown project. DLCP and ACD reached out for community participation and volunteers to establish the Façade Squad for the Campo Compound updates.
David Chavez, Chair of LCACD said, “This is an efficient and cost-effective way for communities to make high impact, visible improvements to the district. We are excited and motivated to complete this project.”
The Façade Squad projects assisted private property and business owners with front, street-side façade renovations. It was a volunteer-driven, “bootstrap,” self-help effort that involved local Main Street organizations, property and business owners, civic organizations, and municipalities. “We are thrilled to receive this grant and to be able to employ professional architectural and design services from New Mexico MainStreet. While also organizing resources, materials, volunteers, and local property and business owners to execute a façade improvement project on one block in our district in one workday,” said Jennifer Garcia Kozlowski, Executive Director of DLCP.
The compound located on North Campo Street between Las Cruces Avenue and Organ Avenue is owned by Leslie Skaggs. The painting and rennovations took place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23. DLCP and LCACD would like to thank the New Mexico Economic Development Department, the New Mexico Mainstreet Project and all participants and volunteers for their tireless help in moving this from a vision to an action that we all can enjoy. These neighborhood-driven projects cannot be completed without the help of our local community.