Renovation set for 117-year-old Carlsbad building | KOB 4

Renovation set for 117-year-old Carlsbad building

Casey Torres
April 19, 2018 06:58 PM

CARLSBAD, N.M. – In 1901, an international fraternal order known as the Odd Fellows built a two-story building in Carlsbad downtown. It was the place to meet and discuss ideas to help improve the community.


The building hasn't been used in a few years. Dust and old artifacts can be found there, but Edgar Torres saw a lot of promise in it and wants to bring it back to life.

Torres bought the building in June 2016 with the idea to make it a destination for locals and visitors. He wants to start off on the first floor.

"This (first-floor) would be called Ellie's Market, named after my daughter," Torres said. "So, that’s going to be part of the first phase we do."

Torres wants to turn the second floor into a special events space. In an effort to offer the city somewhat of a nightlife, he wants to have a rooftop bar to offer drinks, good food and a nice view.

"We hear it from a lot of locals that say that they want more options, they want more food," he said. "They want to be able to walk downtown and enjoy the shopping and all that good stuff."

Construction is expected to begin next month and part of the building will be complete before the next year, Torres said. He plans on keeping the historic value and hopes the new additions will help revitalize the downtown area.


Casey Torres

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