RFP Open Until September 1
Albuquerque, NM- Mayor Richard J. Berry and the City of Albuquerque Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency (MRA) recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a development partner for a public-private partnership to improve a City-owned vacant lot on the northwest corner of Unser Boulevard and Central Avenue. The MRA will accept proposals in response to the RFP until 5 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2017.
In order to encourage redevelopment of the site, the City will offer the land through a sale or long-term ground lease to the selected private developer for “fair value,” which takes into account the community, economic and social benefits of the planned redevelopment. Specifically, the City is seeking proposals that will spur high-quality development in the area to benefit neighborhood residents, businesses and visitors.
“The Westside is one of the fastest growing communities in our city,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “We are looking for a private sector partner to redevelop this site to its full potential by creating a high quality and well-designed development that expands opportunities for area residents and businesses.”
“We are excited about the recent market study done by Maestas & Ward indicating that it is the time for retail development in the Southwest part of Albuquerque,” said City Councilor Ken Sanchez. “We have been working towards a much needed great retail development at this site since a community charrette held in 2006, where the site was also identified to be the most needed spot for a public library in the city, as well as the need for medical services, which have both been built.”
The property being offered in this RFP is located at a major intersection on Historic Route 66. It is adjacent to a University of New Mexico Hospital Health Clinic, the recently completed Patrick J. Baca Library and the soon-to-be-upgraded Central and Unser Transit Center. Redevelopment proposals should build off of the energy of these community serving establishments, be a resource for the neighborhood and create a corridor full of vitality and excitement. Proposals should also feature high-quality development that integrates seamlessly into Albuquerque’s Central Avenue transportation corridor. The redevelopment should have a vibrant streetscape and direct pedestrian connections to Central Avenue and Unser Boulevard.
The MRA is currently accepting proposals on this project and will do so through Sept. 1. Once the submission deadline passes, an Ad Hoc Committee will start evaluating proposals in order to send their recommendation to the Albuquerque Development Commission for approval. The MRA will also host a walkthrough of the site and answer questions on-site on April 27 for those who wish to attend at 10 a.m. To read the full RFP and find details for submitting a proposal, visit: www.cabq.gov/planning/metropolitan-redevelopment-agency/request-for-proposals
This RFP process is just the latest in a series of projects initiated by the MRA that are intended to remove blight, stimulate economic development, create job opportunities and enhance the overall appeal of areas designated by the City Council as Metropolitan Redevelopment Areas. Some of these redevelopment projects include the Imperial Building, One Central, the El Vado Motel and Old Albuquerque High.
About the Planning Department
The City of Albuquerque Planning Department provides a full range of services from processing building permits to ensuring zoning/housing code compliance and developing long-range regional plans/policies. The Planning Department also houses several project review boards and commissions including, but not limited to: Development Review Board, Environmental Planning Commission and the Zoning Hearing Examiner. For more information about the Planning Department, visit: cabq.gov/planning.
About the Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency
The MRA promotes redevelopment in distressed areas. This is accomplished through creating metropolitan redevelopment areas, strategic planning to redevelop these areas, purchasing property for projects that can act as an anchor for other new development in the area, and entering into public/private partnerships where the private sector acts as the developer. For more information on the Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency or its projects, visit cabq.gov/planning/metropolitan-redevelopment-agency.