Regional
7:20 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Old Las Cruces Hospital Could Become Veterans Center

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Las Cruces historians say the Memorial General Hospital site should be preserved, declared historic and turned into a veterans center.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the city owns the building and has promised it for low-income housing.

City officials say the building would be torn down once housing developers assume ownership.

Memorial General Hospital operated from 1948 to 1972.

The city purchased the building in 1973 and converted it from a hospital to city offices. It was used as city offices up until two years ago when the city offered it to the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico last year, pending funding for their affordable housing project.