New housing and apartment developments increase in Eddy County

Plans for new housing and apartment construction in Carlsbad and Eddy County moved forward in October, government officials said.

A mixture of subdivisions and apartment complexes were in the works earlier this month at various locations in the Carlsbad City Limits, said Mayor Dale Janway.

He said the Arrowstone Apartments at Hidalgo Road and Boyd Drive were valued at $13 million and the Carlsbad Apartments at 301 West Chapman Road were valued at $14 million.

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The housing developments are not limited to the Carlsbad area as the Eddy County Board of County Commissioners approved a preliminary plat on Oct. 19 for nearly 80 acres of property north of Artesia.

JFD Enterprises and Huitt-Zollars engineering drew up plans to develop nearly 12 lots of property for single family residential homes off of U.S Highway 285, read Eddy County Planning Department documents.

A screen capture from an Eddy County planning document shows a proposed subdivision for the Artesia area. John Waters of the Carlsbad Department of Development welcomed new housing developments in Eddy County.

Eddy County Community Services Assistant Director Steve McCrosskey said a preliminary plat clears the way for construction to start.

He did not offer a timeline on when construction would begin.

“That is subjective to the developer,” he said.

McCrosskey said once development finishes. County commissioners would approve the final plat for the Arbor Estates Subdivision.

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The subdivisions and apartment complexes came at a good time said Carlsbad Department of Development (CDOD) Executive Director John Waters.

A study commissioned by CDOD for Carlsbad and southern Eddy County found traffic returned to pre-COVID-19 levels in recent months.

“We’re seeing a lot of activity (and) a lot of folks are back working,” he said. “I noticed as I traveled last week around some of the man camps, a lot of them are starting to fill up again.”

Executive Director of the Carlsbad Department of Development John Waters discusses Carlsbad's housing shortage, Jan. 29, 2019 at the Roundhouse.

Waters said oil and gas activity increased Eddy and Lea counties and three counties in West Texas.

“There is a significant amount of activity going on right now within the oil and gas production area. We’re seeing a lot of interest in processing plants,” he said.

Waters said as oil and gas activity increases in the Carlsbad area, housing is one of many needs for workers and their families.