State corrections department plans to use new building for administration only

Posted at: 01/06/2014 10:12 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The New Mexico Corrections Department is moving forward with the purchase of the Plaza Maya building in downtown Albuquerque, but there is a group right across the street still pushing to stop that.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has been following the story since April 2013.  NMCD wanted to buy the building for their probation and parole office, but after several complaints from YDI, YMCA, and the New Mexico Extreme Sports Association who hold after school programs for kids, NMCD says they plan to solely use the building now for administrative offices.  That means probationers would go to their Gold and Broadway office and they would close down their Monte Vista office.   

The State goes before a board in two weeks to get the purchase approved.  But the attorney for the teen organizations says they are still trying to negotiate with NMCD to choose another location or make a promise the Plaza Maya building will never be used as a probation and parole office.

"We have certain things in the works.  I would rather not disclose it, but yes we have certain things that we intend to do should things start moving forward," attorney Arlyn Crow said.  "We haven't had a strong confirmation from the State that they are only going to use that building for admin. now and in the future."

The meeting to approve the $1.77 million dollar purchase of the Plaza Maya building is set for January 22nd in Santa Fe.