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Las Cruces City Council is discussing a $ 3.75 million transfer to cover renovations for the new Casa de Peregrinos warehouse

LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces City Council is considering allocating $ 3.75 million to cover the cost of converting the old Horse N Hound building into the new Casa de Peregrinos food rescue center.

The $ 3.75 million for the renovation would come from the city’s Telshor Facility Fund, which provides funds to support health and social projects and programs for low-income residents.

In March 2020, the city council approved the purchase of the Horse N Hound building at 991 W. Amador Ave for $ 1.3 million. Since then, the city and Casa de Peregrinos have received grants to renovate the building, roughly a $ 7 million project, with about $ 3.3 million still missing. The money from the Telshor Facility Fund should cover the difference plus eventualities.

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According to the city, Casa de Peregrinos was supposed to be distributing 500,000 pounds of food a year, but it currently exceeds that capacity. In 2020, she distributed more than 4.7 million pounds of food.

CdP Executive Director Lorenzo Alba said the new facility is expected to be more than three times the size of the current pantry, which is located on the Community of Hope campus next to the old Horse N Hound building. The new facility will have a dock for three trucks, a commercial demonstration kitchen, additional refrigerator, freezer and dry storage space, and more office space, Alba told Sun News in June.

The city council meeting begins Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber, 700 N. Main St. The meeting will be broadcast live on CLC-TV, Comcast Cable Channel 20 and is also available online at clctv.com and YouTube.com / clctv20 .

The agenda for the full meeting can be found at https://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=221.

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