Jim and Jennifer Campbell will appeal to City Councilors at their regular meeting today, hoping they will allow the couple to build a 16-unit, high-end apartment complex on their land.
“It is definitely a need in Roswell,” Jim Campbell said. “We’re trying to do something good. We’re doing this solely out of our own pocket and putting a lot of eggs in one basket to make this work.”
The Campbells, who grew up in Roswell and now are raising their children here, hadn’t saved enough money to start the project in January. But because they waited, the city changed the designation on their land at the southwest corner of Berrendo Road and Atkinson Avenue.
The slight change made it necessary for the couple to take the plans to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission July 30 and ask for a change.
The Commission voted 5-2 to deny the change after a few neighbors spoke against the plans.
“I custom build homes for a living,” Campbell said. “They will be nice apartments with high-end finishes.”
The apartments will be a fenced community, marketed to professionals, Campbell said. The couple also plans to manage the property.
The Campbells purchased the land a year ago after extensive research. The city’s Master Plan’s Land Use Plan recommended the area be designated C-1 Neighborhood Commercial in 2005. Multi-family housing was permitted in the district until April.
The property is currently zoned for business development such as convenience stores and two-story commercial buildings.
In other business, the council also will consider authorizing the donation of a property at 4203 W. Second St., occupied by the New Mexico State Police, to the state. The State Police leases the property. The move would allow the police to continue to improve the property and land, according to the city report.
Councilors also will consider funding several events with Lodgers Tax, including: a request for the eighth-annual Jazz Festival in October for $2,500; the Historical Society for Southeastern New Mexico’s public awareness marketing for $2,500; the Eastern New Mexico State Fair for $12,000; the 24th annual New Mexico Championship Ranch Rodeo in August for $2,500; Roswell’s Mud, Sweat and Tears in September for $3,000; and the Christmas Fantasy art show for $1,000.