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City of Roswell officials and employees joined representatives of contractor HB Construction Oct. 11 to recognize the project that will relocate engraved-brick displays from their current location immediately north of the Roswell Convention and Civic Center to an area just to the northwest. New bricks are being engraved and new structures constructed to hold the bricks.
The 1,464 original bricks were purchased about 10 years ago by citizens and others who will now be able to claim and keep those bricks since duplicates are being made to be used in the new location. The bricks contain the names of deceased and living individuals whom the brick purchasers want to honor. In addition, some of the bricks showcase organizations or sayings.
The relocation of the bricks is being done to accommodate the expansion of the convention center. The new bricks will be between the convention center and the Roswell Museum and Art Center in the area bordered by the Spring River on the north, the recreation trail sidewalk on the south, the museum pedestrian bridge on the east and Richardson Avenue on the west. The original bricks, which were a fundraising project by a local organization, were originally displayed inside the convention center before being moved outside the building.
While the HB Construction crews tried very carefully to remove all of the original bricks from the concrete structures holding them, some did get damaged or broken. However, most are in good shape and all the bricks are available to be picked up by the original purchasers. Anyone wanting their brick(s) must call Bernadette Lopez in the city’s Engineering Department at (575) 637-6272. Before calling, people are asked to visit the convention center site to view a sign that has been posted (it can also be view online at http://www.roswell-nm.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/327) with information about claiming bricks and includes a drawing that allows people to try to identify in which concrete structure the brick(s) had been located. That information, along with the name or other text engraved on each brick is needed when calling the Engineering Department. The sign is on the fence located immediately to the left when entering the convention center main parking lot from Richardson Avenue.
Abraham's Construction will be building the new structures and installing the bricks. The City of Roswell’s Capital Improvement Fund is paying for the relocation project that will cost about $123,680. Most of the work on the concrete structures and accompanying sidewalks is expected to be completed by late November. The engraving of the bricks could take longer, so a final project completion date is not yet set.