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Old Posted Aug 4, 2020, 11:58 PM
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The city of Albuquerque has issued a new RFP for the vacant lot on Silver Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets Downtown. This was the site of the Silver Avenue Flats proposal three years ago that emerged along with the Symphony Tower proposal from the Skyline Competition RFP issued under our former mayor. The Symphony Tower was canceled in early 2018 by the current mayor when he was newly in office. He later issued the Civic North RFP for the Symphony Tower's proposed site. However, It was unclear what happened to the Silver Avenue Flats proposal on this site. It was still mentioned as being in play in various articles and by various groups as recently as earlier this year. It has apparently fell through or was canceled as well by the mayor. Proposals for the new RFP are due by November 5th and must include high-density housing or be mixed-use.

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerqu...st-and-silver/

https://www.cabq.gov/metropolitan-re...-for-proposals

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Old Posted Aug 8, 2020, 8:04 PM
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Construction progress on the new commission chambers structure for the Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square project.


https://www.instagram.com/p/CCrXxs6B9Oa/



There's also some kind of construction work going on at City Hall. I'm not sure what exactly it entails or is for, but it is on both the ground floor and on the 11th floor in the Mayor's Office. That's according to building permits and also from a construction pic posted Thursday on Instagram by an architect with FBT Architects. I also found a rendering for the work being done at the 5th Street entrance to City Hall on his Instagram. From the building permit it seems to be a commercial addition, perhaps a new restaurant space?

https://posse.cabq.gov/posse/pub/lms...ctId=112364455

https://posse.cabq.gov/posse/pub/lms...ctId=118812843




https://www.instagram.com/300leonidas/

There's also renovations going on at First Plaza. They include the lobby and public areas on the south side of the building and include replacing the broken escalators with a grand staircase. The photos below are from the contractor's Instagram page a couple months ago in early June, so it's further along by now I'm sure, if not finished. It failed a final inspection in July but has not had another one yet. Work also was completed earlier this year to renovate some of the office space in the building, but it's not clear if this was speculative or for a specific tenant.

https://posse.cabq.gov/posse/pub/lms...ectId=99541043

https://posse.cabq.gov/posse/pub/lms...ctId=106136299

https://posse.cabq.gov/posse/pub/lms...ctId=107770754






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Old Posted Aug 8, 2020, 9:09 PM
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The 92-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albuquerque Old Town hotel is compete and opened Thursday for guests at Avanyu Plaza.


https://m.facebook.com/pg/Sun-Capita...1074800/posts/

The Marriott SpringHill Suites hotel at The Highlands is also nearing completion. It passed final inspection Thursday as well. I imagine it will open in a few weeks after it is furnished, etc.

https://posse.cabq.gov/posse/pub/lms...ectId=64482016

Below is a fairly recent pic by JBM over at SSC looking south towards the hotel and Presbyterian Hospital from the Broadstone Highlands apartments that are under construction at The Highlands as well.



Something exciting that I recently came across are these additional renderings for the proposed Element by Westin hotel in Uptown Albuquerque on the project page at the architect's website. They show a neat outdoor rooftop bar/restaurant area reminiscent of Level 5 at Hotel Chaco in Old Town. The design is slightly different from the original rendering which is also still shown on the site. I hope these new renderings are indeed the final design and that this version gets built!






https://www.base-4.com/portfolio/ele...lbuquerque-nm/






https://m.facebook.com/HotelChaco/

Albuquerque Business First has a story with more details about the new RFP for the lot on Silver between 1st and 2nd. They quote officials with the administration as saying that the new RFP was issued after inactivity by the developer of Silver Avenue Flats.

https://www.bizjournals.com/albuquer...e-project.html

After having actually read the RFP, an interesting thing that I noticed is that one of the possibilities the city mentioned is for proposals including about 10,000 sq ft of office space that the city would like to lease. This is exciting to me and I hope it will bring forth imaginative proposals. It also helps make the mixed-use aspect more feasible. Adding office workers to that area of Downtown Albuquerque would be great as well. The city is also hoping for "affordable" housing but that doesn't mean subsidized housing, it means they want something between that and expensive luxury housing. Thus the project should be attainable market-rate housing, which will be another good thing for that area of Downtown.

As an aside, I commented on social media to the city asking about the status of the other RFPs put out by the mayor for downtown. They replied that the Civic North RFP is in a "holding pattern" due to the pandemic. They said that the proposals received for the RFP for two projects on the east side of Downtown and EDo are currently being evaluated. They did not say how many proposals were received.

I'm looking forward to see where these new RFPs may take us with Downtown Albuquerque's revival!


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Old Posted Aug 13, 2020, 12:08 AM
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UNM has taken control over the development of Innovate ABQ from the non-profit entity it created to oversee development at the site. This is after 3 years of delays and stalled development efforts at the site since the opening of the Lobo Rainforest building in August 2017. Development responsibility will now be given over to the for-profit Lobo Development Corp. and UNM Rainforest Innovations, the university's tech transfer and economic development office.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1485706/u...ate-abq-2.html




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Old Posted Aug 14, 2020, 10:20 PM
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Albuquerque has made it past the initial hurdle and is one of 31 cities being considered as the home of the U.S. military's Space Command, which will bring with it 1,400 civilian and military jobs, along with various contractor's, etc. A decision will be made early next year about where the Space Command will go.

A few things Albuquerque has going for it are that it is already home to part of the new Space Force at Kirtland Air Force Base and is close to both Spaceport America and the White Sands Space Harbor. The initial qualifications set by the Air Force were that a site must be in a top 150 MSA and be within 25 miles of a military installation and score well in an AARP quality of life index and have a qualified workforce. Being home to the Air Force Research Laboratory and Sandia National Labs would then also seem to be points in our favor.

The top candidate sites are expected to be announced in November.

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerqu...space-command/

https://www.bizjournals.com/albuquer...e-command.html

https://www.abqjournal.com/1486449/a...e-command.html
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Old Posted Aug 17, 2020, 5:54 PM
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The Albuquerque Journal has a story about development on the Westside which features pics of the construction of the Amazon facility.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1486975/b...west-side.html







The latest drone video of the Amazon construction posted yesterday on Vimeo.



The Journal also has a piece delving deeper into the next steps for Innovate ABQ.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1486969/u...abq-plans.html

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Old Posted Aug 23, 2020, 5:23 AM
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The Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership has revealed plans for a new 92-unit apartment building on the former site of the Desert Sands Motel at Central Ave. and Jackson St. SE. It will be called Hiland Plaza and will be designed in a style reminiscent of the Streamline Moderne structures that line Central Avenue, including the historic Hiland Theater that is across the street to the west.

https://www.facebook.com/realGAHP/











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Old Posted Aug 23, 2020, 6:21 AM
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The city has revealed the new look and branding for the new ARTx bus line that will replace the last remaining Rapid Ride line. Permits have also recently been issued for new monument signs at each of the stops along the route that runs from UNM to the Northwest Transit Center near Cottonwood Mall. It will use the ART buses but will not be full BRT like the ART lines along Central Avenue.

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerqu...rtx-bus-route/





Downtown Albuquerque News recently reported on the progress of the 1st Street pedestrian improvement and landscaping project from the Rail Yards north to Downtown proper. Thanks to a donation of right of way from BNSF it will now be connected to the overall Rail Trail for pedestrians and bikes that was originally planned to run only from Central north to Lomas. The entire two portions of the project will cost about $7.3 million combined and are in the design phase. The city hopes they will begin construction in about 6 months.

https://downtownalbuquerquenews.com/



The 2nd Street landscaping and pedestrian improvements at the Rail Yards is also in the design process. Below is a conceptual rendering of what it may look like.



Downtown Albuquerque News last week also had these construction pics of the Monterey Motel and Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square projects.





An aerial pic showing the construction progress at Alvarado Square and the new chambers structure from the general contractor HB Construction's Instagram account.


https://www.instagram.com/hbconstructs/
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Old Posted Aug 24, 2020, 4:14 PM
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The Symphony Tower is not dead, it is now called The Duke and it was re-submitted for the Civic North RFP by Geltmore! I requested the files for the proposals to the new RFP from the city, which I finally received late last week. Two of the proposals include a new tallest building and two include a new performing arts center. The new proposals are all very exciting, we just have to hope that this pandemic doesn't quash this RFP and that the city will do all it can to help make one of these three proposals a reality! Below are renderings and details of the three submissions the city received for the Civic North RFP:


The Duke, proposed by Geltmore, LLC. Architecture is by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and Callison RTKL. It includes a 34-story mixed-use tower that would rise more than 400 feet. The proposal includes 73,000 sq ft of office space, 17,000 sq ft of commercial space, at least 30 condo units and 160 hotel rooms. It will include 70 underground parking spaces for residential tenants and 515 above-ground parking spaces for office and commercial tenants, hotel guests and the general public. The new proposal states that they may build full-height parking structure floors in order to be able to convert them in the future to some other use. The proposal also states that if there is strong demand they may add additional floors of office space besides the two currently counted in the proposal. Both of these things mean that the final height of the building may rise even higher! Another addition in this new version of the proposal is for a temporary busker park on the western half of the block where another mixed-use building is eventually planned. There will also be a small park and two-story restaurant and food pavilion at the entry and base of the building, which is what they are counting as the public amenity for the new RFP requirements. The estimated cost of the project is $116 million.







New Mexico Performing Arts Center and AC by Marriott Hotel, proposed by GTS Development Services of Salt Lake City, with official involvement by the New Mexico Philharmonic, which will be responsible for programming of the new venue. The hotel developer is PEG Development of Provo, Utah. Architecture is by The Hartman + Majewski Design Group and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The plan includes a multi-use theater with 2,350 seats, the smaller Studio Theater with 300 seats, a winter garden lobby that can also host performances, restaurant, retail and gallery space, and a 150-room hotel. A destination restaurant will be developed and operated by Vince DiGregory of the Standard Diner and Range Cafe, he will also be responsible for leasing of the commercial space. This will be the new home of the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra and it will be the resident company. The proposal states other local performing arts organizations will also call it home and that they are in talks with the Santa Fe Opera to perhaps have performances at the theater. The developer previously developed the Eccles Theater in Downtown Salt Lake City, which is the model for this proposal. There is no parking included in the proposal. The estimated cost of the proposal is $201 million. $165 million of that is the cost for the theater portion, which is important, because the proposal calls for that portion to be financed publicly.







Reunion Center, proposed by a local team including Argus Investment Realty, AIM Management Corporation, Sedberry & Associates and Legacy Development and Hospitality. Architecture is by FBT Architects and Callison RTKL. The proposal includes a multi-use theater with 2,500 seats, black box theater with 200 seats, 220-room hotel with 10,770 sq ft of restaurant and retail space, and 117 residential units. The residential units will be on the top 14 floors of the 29-story tower, that they say will be the tallest building in the city and state! The hotel will be either a Westin, Marriott or other similar such top-tier brand. Part of the proposal includes improving the pedestrian connections and public realm along Roma Ave. and 3rd St. to better connect with the Convention Center to the southeast and Bank of the West Center/Elevate to the north. The proposal includes 427 underground parking spaces in two levels. The estimated cost of the proposal is $296 million.







Some of the team behind the Reunion Center proposal are also the developers of Elevate @ 3rd + Lomas. I love that they included it in their renderings and plans. I love the Reunion Center proposal, period! It's my favorite of the three. It has everything, where the other two lack certain elements. The Duke lacks a performing arts center and New Mexico Performing Arts Center lacks a residential component. Reunion Center would also give us another new tallest building, while NMPAC lacks height. The Duke gives us our best chance at a really substantial new tallest of possibly as much as about 500 feet tall. But Reunion Center is just fantastic overall. I'd be happy with a new tallest that isn't much taller than Albuquerque Plaza while also giving us all the rest, mostly a new performing arts center. This is all very exciting! Above all, I just hope we will get something out of this RFP to move our downtown further and give us great momentum! My fingers are crossed!
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Old Posted Aug 26, 2020, 3:54 PM
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A pic posted on Instagram a couple of weeks ago showing construction of the new Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites hotel at Broadway and Central in Downtown Albuquerque.


https://www.instagram.com/p/CDxLOchJOuk/

ABQurban on Instagram also has a more recent pic of the hotel's construction posted on Monday.


https://www.instagram.com/p/CETGtZlloas/

A story from KRQE about the recent change of development team at Innovate ABQ. The video and pic for the story offers even more views of the new hotel that sits across Central Avenue from Innovate ABQ.

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerqu...-profit-group/



Another story from KRQE about the city's plan to get even more infrastructure projects done during the pandemic. This would focus on road infrastructure and improvements. It totals nearly $54 million and every council district would get a project funded. The biggest portion would be $12 million to expand and make Paseo del Norte a complete street between Kimmick and the city limits on the far northwest corner of town. The most exciting project to me is the $3 million for a new at-grade rail crossing downtown at Marquette Avenue for pedestrians and cars. This crossing is part of the plan for the Rail Trail.

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerqu...ment-projects/



As for the Rail Trail, Downtown Albuquerque News reported Monday that it may get even bigger and extend all the way to the Sawmill Area by way of the existing rail spur. They said that the city is in the beginning stages of studying the idea. The rail spur is seldom used but it does see use, which means that it may have to stay functional. That would mean acquiring additional right of way in order to make room for any trail along the line.

https://downtownalbuquerquenews.com/



I think an obvious southern terminus would be the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The trail could extend south through the Rail Yards or along 2nd Street then curl around at 4th Street to the cultural center's campus.

There are two construction video updates of the Amazon fulfillment center construction this week! They were posted three days apart. It's coming along nicely, and as you can see, the access road/main driveway is getting built as well.


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Old Posted Aug 26, 2020, 10:31 PM
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ABQ Alex - thank you so much for your posts! Very informative.

Was curious - that big swath of land for sale north of University on Lomas - old car dealership area. Seems like a massive waste of a good few projects.
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ABQ Alex - thank you so much for your posts! Very informative.

Was curious - that big swath of land for sale north of University on Lomas - old car dealership area. Seems like a massive waste of a good few projects.
Thanks very much, I appreciate it!

That area north of Lomas was going to be the location for an entirely new UNM Hospital. However, those plans were scrapped two years ago and now the university has decided instead to add on to the existing hospital in phases. The first phase of the addition is supposed to get underway this year, but nothing has commenced thus far. It will be located on the north side of Lomas, east of University Boulevard.

The city most recently wanted to use the land for the Gateway Center centralized homeless shelter and services center. Opposition mounted from university faculty and students and so the university officially told the city they would not allow the Gateway Center to be located there. And so it's now unclear what will happen with the land.

Galles Chevrolet was the last of the car dealerships in that area and they built a new dealership further up University Boulevard a few years ago.

There was a master plan developed a few years back between the city and university for the old car dealership properties on both sides of Lomas. The plan is to develop student housing and ground-floor commercial in several mixed-use buildings lining Lomas. But this is very preliminary and won't happen any time soon.

In fact, the city recently allowed for a new car dealership to re-develop the old dealership site on the south side of Lomas for use as a dealership again. With that, it's safe to imagine they don't anticipate any student housing and new buildings going up for quite a few years, if not decades.

Edit: here's a graphic to better show the area we are talking about. The area highlighted is the UNM property the city wanted to build the Gateway Center on. The old Galles Chevrolet dealership is marked on the northwest corner of Lomas and University. The land opposite that on the southwest corner is where a new dealership will be developed again.


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Thanks!
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ABQurban on Instagram this past week posted these progress pics of the Broadstone Nob Hill construction.




https://www.instagram.com/abqurban/

Pics of Nuevo Atrisco from YES Housing's Facebook page. It looks to be nearing completion!

https://www.facebook.com/yeshousing/













Hope Village finally broke ground last week and is beginning construction.

https://m.facebook.com/pavilionconstruction/









The $21 million UNM Center of Excellence for Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation broke ground last week at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho.

https://www.krwg.org/post/center-exc...ned-rio-rancho



The NNSA last week announced that it will name the new office building under construction in Albuquerque for its first administrator, John A. Gordon, who died earlier this year. The building is on schedule to open late next year. A recent photo of the building under construction was included in the press release.

https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/articles...or-john-gordon

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A picture of the Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square project from an Albuquerque Journal story about proposed contractor hiring rules for large county construction projects like this.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1492425/c...-benefits.html





A video posted last week on the county's YouTube channel showing the progress on the project as of about mid-August. It shows the entire interior construction and remodeling work that is going on in the existing building and new chambers structure.

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The Albuquerque Journal has a story about the $56 million in bonds the city is considering to pay for the second round of pandemic stimulus construction projects across the city. The story includes a pic of the area of the proposed at-grade rail crossing at Marquette Avenue.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1492852/c...rovements.html



A rendering of what the rail crossing may look like. The crossing is a piece of the Rail Trail, but it also is intended to better connect the Glorieta Station project and Innovation District on the east side of the tracks with the Warehouse District, Convention Center and the rest of Downtown Albuquerque proper on the west side of the tracks.



Pics of the CNM Marketplace building construction from mid-August on the architect's Facebook page. It will house the Food and Beverage Academy, a bookstore and a Starbucks location, which will be run by students.

https://www.facebook.com/FBT-Archite...0802717946804/









Pics of the CNM Max Salazar Hall renovation and expansion which is almost complete. The project included a total renovation of the existing building and the construction of an addition in front of the building which created an atrium space between.

https://cnmchronicle.com/2020/08/26/max-salazar-update/







Pics of the completed CNM/APS joint-use facility, the Education Collaborative building. It sits just southeast of Max Salazar Hall. It houses two APS schools, the magnet College & Career High School and the charter Native American Community Academy. Two CNM programs are also housed in the building, the Teacher Education and Early Childhood programs.

http://jonandersonarchitecture.com/w...aborative.html







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An update from KRQE about the Sandia mountain coaster project. The project has recently been sidelined by the pandemic and also the process to get it approved by the U.S. Forest Service. The developer still hopes it may start construction next year or in 2022. It is expected to cost more than 2 million dollars to construct.

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerqu...back-on-track/

Information about the mountain coaster project on Sandia Peak Tramway & Ski Area's website. It includes a timeline which follows this latest update. It also includes a rendering from last year showing the coaster placement on the mountain. The rendering info is out of date since the replacement restaurant at the top of the mountain has been completed, but it's still a nice visual aide to imagine what the mountain coaster will be like.

https://sandiapeak.com/future-mountain-coaster/





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Finally an update on the Elevate @ 3rd + Lomas project! KRQE reports that it will begin going through the city approval process next month for zoning changes. The first phase of the project will include 144 apartments in five floors above ground-floor commercial space and second-floor office space. The second phase of the project will include 30 more apartments and even more commercial and office space.

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerqu...ted-in-decade/

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A write-up posted today of the recently re-opened Sawmill Market from Food and Wine:

"Sawmill Market is yet another reason Albuquerque is one of the country's most exciting food cities."

https://www.foodandwine.com/travel/r...et-albuquerque

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A potentially huge economic development project has come to light over at SSC today. A subsidiary of a Washington, DC aerospace company is looking to bring its operations to Albuquerque. The Orion Group is looking to build at the Aviation Center of Excellence at the Albuquerque Sunport. The city has apparently been working with the company since last year to develop its plans.

A preliminary meeting and unveiling of the project was held earlier this month with neighborhood groups in southeast Albuquerque. The official plans and more details will be submitted to the city later this month and be heard by the Environmental Planning Commission in November. If all goes well, work to build the massive facilities would begin in 2021 and be complete in 2023.

https://www.cabq.gov/mayor/news/neig...y-near-sunport

Below is an early rendering of the Orion Center, which seems to indicate the company will be bringing manufacturing, R&D and office work to the city, most likely to do with satellites. It looks to cover the entirety of the ACE property, which is about 80 acres, plus an additional parcel to the west for parking.



This project would be another important feather in Albuquerque's cap with regard to aerospace and engineering. It also would further demonstrate the capabilities and readiness of the local workforce for these sorts of projects and jobs. That would bode well for the city's bid to land the U.S. Space Command.
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