By Camaron Abundes
EUNICE- What's going up in Eunice has a lot to do with what's going on just outside of town. The construction of a billion dollar LES uranium enrichment facility will bring 300 permanent jobs and Eunice Mayor Matt White hopes at least some of the workers will decide to move into the area.
"They could always drive from Andrews, Odessa, Hobbs or somewhere in Lea County but we would like for them to move here, We have good schools and we would like to build on that," White says the schools already have 15 new students enrolled this school year and the downtown revitalization is already helping attract residents,"When they move here they'll have a place to go in and get coffee or eat dinner, and hopefully that will draw people to the town."
The City is trying to revamp it's image and they're spending money to do it.
"We have about 20 million dollars worth of projects were working on at this time," Mayor White said and added that they want to be known as a friendly family oriented town.
A new 2 million dollar Aquatic Center is set to open as early as Tuesday, August 12. The skate park included in the Center is already open.
"I am not a skater, but I come out here to watch other kids skate, something to do," 16 year-old Martin Martinez, said.
Mayor White says because the city doesn't have a movie theater or skating rink, they needed something for the kids to do.
The City also plans to add 50 new homes. They've teamed up with the state of New Mexico, Walden Homes, and Unidev Corp to build the houses starting with four model homes purchased by Louisiana Energy Services.
"We have about 400 new jobs that will be within about 5 miles of the city," Mayor White said.
White also says the expansion of WCS or Waste Control Specialist will add 100 jobs.
Mayor White also said the downtown revitalization project is in it's second phase and will add more trees to the area and a park. They're also trying to attract business.
In the Fall, Mayor White says they will work on the Cities infrastructure by replacing 50 year old water and sewer lines.