Councilors vote down Belen crematory

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – It looks like a proposed crematorium in the center of a New Mexico town isn’t going to happen.

For the second time in less than a year, city councilors in Belen denied the owner of Noblin Funeral Services a zone change that would have allowed him to build a crematory on his property.

Residents in Belen are worried about the ash and smell if the crematory were to be built just off Main Street right next to Anna Becker Park.

But Robert Noblin says the emissions aren’t noticeable and the town needs a crematory.

It’s unknown if he’ll try again. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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