Two separate presentations about providing more housing for Lamesa were made at Monday’s joint board meeting of the Lamesa Economic Development Corporation and Lamesa Economic Alliance Project.
    While both of the developers appeared to have already put a lot of thought and effort into the projects they are proposing, Nathan Tafoya, executive director of both LEDC and LEAP, said neither was seeking any action by the boards on Monday due to the projects not being ready to get started right away.
    “This is more of an introductory meeting,” Tafoya told the board members, “so you can put faces to the names you’ve been hearing.”
    Gilbert Arredondo and Jaime De la Cruz, representing M&M Homes, Inc. and Tres M Properties in Lubbock, said they would like to build some new homes with a target price range of $130,000 to $150,000, as well as get some of the older homes in Lamesa that are not being lived in and completely refurbish those homes.
    Those older homes often have very solid framework that can be used to make a very attractive home, said De la Cruz, who also is an architect.
    Arredondo, who grew up in Lamesa and retired from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) in Lubbock after 27 years, said he has been building homes for the last 18 years. He said he did homes on the side while working with the DPS, but since his retirement he has “jumped into it full blown.”


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