City of Carlsbad to Put 24 Lots up for Bid

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1 Jul 2015

City to Put 24 Lots up for Bid


CARLSBAD, NM, July 2015 - Looking to buy some property around Carlsbad? The City of Carlsbad may have what you need. The City of Carlsbad is interested in selling 24 city-owned lots through a sealed bidding process. The bidding process starts on July 27. 

“We have carefully reviewed all properties owned by the City that are suitable for housing, and this list represents everything that we now own that fits that criteria,” explained City Administrator Steve McCutcheon. 

Deputy City Administrator Stephanie Shumsky said Mayor Pro Tem Dick Doss helped compile the list of available City property to sell. The City has conducted a market analysis on the property, and each lot is valued at less than $25,000. Some lots must be sold together due to infrastructure limitations. 

The sale of the properties was approved during the April 14 City Council meeting. Bid packets will be posted on the City’s website at and can also be obtained from the City’s Purchasing Office at 101 N. Halagueno Street, Room 116. Instructions on how to bid on City property is also available on the City’s website. 

Bids will be accepted for a minimum of 30 days and will be opened on August 28. 

Eleven of the lots are grouped together along the southwestern end of Davis Street. Additionally, City lots on Carver, Chavez, Elm, Lea, Ohio and Irvin Streets are included. 

Bid packets will include maps of the lots and legal descriptions. Prior to bidding, potential bidders should research easement of record and/or land use restrictions. 

A notice of sale will be published at least twice before the closing date. A 1978 New Mexico statute permits the City to sell property valued at less than $25,000, with proper public notification. The City had the option of holding a public auction or utilizing a sealed bid process. The sealed bid process was selected because it is an easier method for the public. 

“Carlsbad needs more housing and we want to do anything we can to help,” said Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway. “These lots don’t do any good belonging to the City as vacant lots. There was a lot of work in compiling this list, and it is much appreciated."