We’ve had many people ask us about what is going in near the South Y, between Financial Security Credit Union and Pizza Inn. This is going to be the new large U-Haul Moving & Storage facility, which will consist of a three-story building and more than 100,000 square feet. The store will house more than 700 self-storage rooms and will also be a large local employer. Completion is planned by 2022.
Additionally, a new furniture story is being added at 3119 National Parks Highway in the chain next to Tractor Supply. This store is going to be owned by the Jenkins family. We look forward to providing an updated development report later in the week.
We had a good talk with the Department of Health about adding more COVID-19 testing options to Carlsbad on Friday, as residents have expressed frustration over changing options. COVID-19 tests are being offered through Curative from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Walter Gerrells Performing Arts Center (Front Parking Lot). New Mexicans may also obtain free COVID-19 tests through a service called Vault. Visit https://learn.vaulthealth.com/nm for more information. Carlsbad Medical Center offers tests when a doctor requires one. The Carlsbad Family Health Center is also reportedly offering COVID-19 tests as well. NMSU-C is also working on developing an option for COVID-19 testing.
This week, COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered from 8-11 a.m. at the Walter Gerrells Performing Arts Center on Friday. They are also being offered from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday at NMSU-C. As reported in the news, the CDC now recommended that individuals 65 and older (as well as younger individuals with certain underlying medical conditions) receive a Pfizer booster shot at least six months after their original shots. There was apparently some initial confusion on Monday morning, but we have been informed that these clinics are able to give Pfizer boosters for those who meet the CDC recommendations.
Thank you to DJ Malory Anaya for hosting karaoke night during our extended summer concert series Saturday night. We’ve been informed that there was a good turnout and everyone really enjoyed themselves. We won’t have a performance on Oct. 2 because there will be bands performing downtown as part of the Firefighter Combat Challenge. After that, we look forward to performances by Stranded on Oct. 9, Groupo Maldad on Oct. 16 and Las Cruces band Stoney Blue Fish on Oct. 23. It has been great to see these outdoor concerts really take off.
Please join us at the Riverwalk Recreation Center on Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for a kickoff of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information, please call Renee Madrid at 887-2702.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway