TULAROSA, N.M. (KRQE) – The future of a historic Tularosa building is left up in the air because no one wants to pay for restorations.
Many people in Tularosa will say that the red brick building is a part of the village’s history.
“I can still remember pulling up those big steps, the wood floors, looking out the windows,” said Edith Simpson, Tularosa resident.
Now the fate of the building is unknown.
Stephanie DuBois is the president of the Red Brick Building Restoration Foundation. She hopes to see something become of the registered historic building that can benefit everyone in the community.
“We wanted to not only preserve that but to make sure that the building was a working building for everyone in the community, not just make it for one purpose, make it multi-use,” she said.
The problem is the money just isn’t there. Otero county commissioners say restoring the building would cost up to $5 million.
The foundation has some of the money but not nearly enough to get the job done.
“Something can be done with it, where it can be saved as a part of our history,” said Simpson.
Now residents are worried that as the building deteriorates and becomes a magnet for trouble that it could be torn down one day.
One idea to save the building is to get the federal government to take it over. The idea is to turn it into a center aimed at raising awareness about health issues caused by the atomic bomb test at the nearby Trinity site in 1945.