Grand opening of new city of Anthony, N.M. building

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Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 11:31pm

 After becoming their own incorporated city nearly four years ago, the Anthony, New Mexico officially has their own place to call home. 

On Sunday, officials showed off their brand new city hall in New Mexico.

“We thought it would serve the needs of the community and we just couldn't let that go by,” said Anthony Mayor Arnulfo Casteñeda.

The 4,000 square foot city Anthony Municipal Complex was purchased by the city for $1.7 million.

It will house city employees, including the mayor, board of trustees and the police department. 

Anthony acquired the new complex after running out of room at their old city hall, a building they rented.

"Doña Ana County has held the hand of Anthony for a long time, now we have shown that we can do things on our own," said Casteñeda.

 For residents, the complex is just one of many positive changes they have seen in the city over the last few years.

“We are really proud of the growth the city has made and the accomplishments they have made in such a short period of time," said Richard Hall.

Hall and his wife Mary have lived in Anthony their entire lives. They said they've seen Anthony completely transform.

"From absolutely nothing to paved streets and lights, to a police service,” said Hall. “It is just amazing that in such a short time period we have come so far."

And others agree, saying the new building solidifies Anthony as its own municipality.

"You have an actual city hall where everything is incorporated and everything is going on. It's just growing a little bit at a time,” said Anthony resident Graciela Ramirez.

"They wanted a local government, they wanted a city to keep the funds and pave the street,” said Casteñeda.  “I hope we continue in that direction."

City employees will be moving into their new offices to start their workweek on Monday. 

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