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Old July 1st, 2012, 04:47 AM   #2721
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Uh oh, this doesn't sound like good news for ABQ or the convention center:

Convention Center debt, age inhibit its use
Debt won’t be paid off until 2037, after $68.7M in interest payments
New Mexico Business Weekly by Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter

The Albuquerque Convention Center is awash in debt and has no money to make major improvements to the facility, a part of which is four decades old.

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The Albuquerque Convention Center is awash in debt and has no money to make major improvements to the facility, a part of which is four decades old.
Without the ability to make improvements to the convention center’s west portion, which was built in 1972, or the east side, which was built in 1991, Albuquerque could see its role as a convention destination greatly diminished, said city and tourism leaders.
The U.S. convention center industry is overbuilt and older facilities like Albuquerque’s are finding it more difficult to compete even for regional conventions, industry and city officials said.
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 11:33 PM   #2723
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Uh oh, this doesn't sound like good news for ABQ or the convention center:

Convention Center debt, age inhibit its use
Debt won’t be paid off until 2037, after $68.7M in interest payments
New Mexico Business Weekly by Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter

The Albuquerque Convention Center is awash in debt and has no money to make major improvements to the facility, a part of which is four decades old.

Dennis Domrzalski
Reporter- New Mexico Business Weekly
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The Albuquerque Convention Center is awash in debt and has no money to make major improvements to the facility, a part of which is four decades old.
Without the ability to make improvements to the convention center’s west portion, which was built in 1972, or the east side, which was built in 1991, Albuquerque could see its role as a convention destination greatly diminished, said city and tourism leaders.
The U.S. convention center industry is overbuilt and older facilities like Albuquerque’s are finding it more difficult to compete even for regional conventions, industry and city officials said.
Yes the C.C. is truly crappy but the good news is that the business is so terrible that Albuquerque has plenty of time to develop and review all the options before plunging headlong into a multi-hundred million dollar debacle. The first hurdle is that goddamn arena proposal that has to be finally killed off before anyone can truly focus on the struggling convention center. For now, the city will have to scrape by with the usual patchwork of small-scale improvements and maintenance.
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Old July 4th, 2012, 05:24 AM   #2724
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They're also setting up the announcement of the $20million dollar renovations that should be unveiled in the next day or two. I think it's the Mayor's preemptive news release to gain support for the upcoming renovations, perhaps? Regardless, it'll be nice to see that renovation getting done during the upcoming mini boom in downtown.
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Old July 4th, 2012, 05:34 AM   #2725
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They're also setting up the announcement of the $20million dollar renovations that should be unveiled in the next day or two. I think it's the Mayor's preemptive news release to gain support for the upcoming renovations, perhaps? Regardless, it'll be nice to see that renovation getting done during the upcoming mini boom in downtown.
He wants to 'soften' the original 1971 Brutalist Convention Center West to appear "more vernacular" like the Sunport (yep, I cringed). So expect lots of fake Navajo style carpet and Fake John Gaw Meem fixtures and furnishings...to go with the creaky escalators!

Meanwhile, the dungeonesque 1988 C.C. East remains dark and menacing, like a dead mall.
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Old July 8th, 2012, 01:33 AM   #2726
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Broadstone Santa Monica 280 Units on 14 Acres Address: 6401 Santa Monica Ave, Albuquerque, New Mexico Titan Development and Alliance Residential Company are acting as co-developers for Broadstone Santa Monica a 280 unit, Class A multifamily community located on 14 acres in the NE Heights of Albuquerque. Residents will benefit from the proximity to I-25, the Journal Center Business Park as well as the high-end retail along Paseo Del Norte and Wyoming Boulevard. The project will break ground in June 2012 with residents occupying units scheduled to occur in the first half of 2013.

Broadstone Santa Monica will feature modern floor plans and fully-appointed kitchens. Interior amenities include wood-vinyl plank flooring, nine-foot ceilings, full-size washer/dryers, oversized closets, individually controlled air conditioning, rounded corners, and crown molding. The gated community has been designed with two distinct product types. There are 64 townhome units with one and two car, direct- access garages and 216-units of two and three story stacked flat units with detached garages. Community amenities include a luxury resort swimming pool with a beautiful clubhouse, large common open spaces, barbecue and picnic areas, state of the art fitness center and business center.

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Old July 11th, 2012, 06:32 AM   #2727
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Berry Unveils Convention Center’s Upgrades


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The Albuquerque Convention Center’s $20 million facelift will include a Territorial style facade, new kitchen, new carpeting, a food court and a refinished exterior, Mayor Richard Berry said Tuesday afternoon.

Construction on the project, which will focus on the convention center’s west side, could start in early 2013 and be completed in early 2014, Berry said.

The remodel is needed, Berry said, because the west side of the convention center is 40 years old.

“We have to maintain this building and make improvements to it if we are to remain competitive” in the convention business, Berry said.

The Dekker/Perich/Sabatini architectural firm in Albuquerque has the $1.1 million contract for the redesign plans.

Last year, the convention center hosted 300 events and nearly 300,000 visitors, convention center officials said.
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Old July 11th, 2012, 07:20 AM   #2728
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I am pleasantly surprised. While we knew they'd go with local vernacular architecture, I was afraid it would look like a terrible Santa Fe knock off. Instead, it's subtle and is almost modern in a way. I like! They also managed to get rid of one of the loading bays that's in front of the convention center. Too bad it wasn't both but they chose the correct side to address. Hopefully the City will pony up the funds to correctly address the surrounding streetscapes.
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Old July 11th, 2012, 08:11 PM   #2729
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I am pleasantly surprised. While we knew they'd go with local vernacular architecture, I was afraid it would look like a terrible Santa Fe knock off. Instead, it's subtle and is almost modern in a way. I like! They also managed to get rid of one of the loading bays that's in front of the convention center. Too bad it wasn't both but they chose the correct side to address. Hopefully the City will pony up the funds to correctly address the surrounding streetscapes.
I have to agree. I think it looks great.

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Old July 11th, 2012, 09:00 PM   #2730
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Clunky, but it looks a lot better than some earlier renderings of this facelift. The original architect had the foresight to create an atrium space that this new proposal seeks to capitalize on. Not to sure about that cheesy cardboard "hearth" though. Something closer to the lobby of the old La Posada Hotel would have been ideal. Hanging huge New Mexico style chandeliers from the ceiling could help...
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Old July 11th, 2012, 10:01 PM   #2731
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A fresh look For $20 Million
By Dan McKay / Journal Staff Writer on Wed, Jul 11, 2012



This rendering shows how the renovated Convention Center will look from Third Street and Marquette. The $20 million project is expected to start in March. The inset shows how the Convention Center appears today, from the same vantage point. (Courtesy of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini)
The Albuquerque Convention Center’s first major renovation in 21 years will feature enormous panoramic windows, a deck that looks out on Civic Plaza and an unusual light tower.

Mayor Richard Berry unveiled the design Tuesday, giving the public a peek at what he meant when he said he wanted the building to feel more like New Mexico.

Architects at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini came up with a design intended to better reflect Albuquerque’s culture and history. It incorporates some Territorial-style and modern design elements – a reference to both the city’s past as a stop along the railroad and its present as a technological hub.

“We wanted to have a facility that looks and feels more like New Mexico,” Berry said at a news conference. “We don’t want a convention center that looks like every other convention center in the country.”

The $20 million renovation is expected to start next March. It will be done in phases to ensure the center stays open and keeps its commitments to events that are already booked. Berry estimated construction could be finished at some point in 2014.

Much of the work will focus on the west wing of the Convention Center, which was built in 1972 and abuts Civic Plaza. The east wing, which is newer, would receive some upgrades, too.

Berry said the center could probably use more than $50 million in upgrades, but starting with $20 million is a pragmatic move that won’t result in a tax increase or extend payments farther into the future.

The money is available because the city refinanced some of its Convention Center debt to reduce interest rates.

The design calls for:

♦ A remodeling of the ballroom. It would have an outdoor deck, massive windows with panoramic views and other changes.

♦ A light tower. It’s expected to feature indirect light, meaning the light would shine on the ceiling of the tower.

♦ A new facade.

♦ Renovation of the lower-level atrium to include a large fireplace. There also would be a lower-level food court or cafe.


This is the view of the Convention Center, as seen Tuesday from Civic Plaza.
Ed Adams, the city’s project manager, said the center expects to have a 100-day window next year when the ballroom isn’t in use. That’s when the first phase – focusing on that room, plus the kitchen – should happen.

Whoever wins the contract for that work could start in March, Adams said.

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini has a $1.1 million contract to work on the design.

William Sabatini said the design is intended to reflect Albuquerque’s culture and history, as well as the urban setting that surrounds the Convention Center.


An artist’s rendering shows how the Convention Center will appear in the same view, after $20 million in renovations.
“This facility is a very important place for us to tell the Albuquerque story,” Sabatini said.

Dale Lockett of the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau said the improvements should help lure more out-of-town convention-goers.

“This is huge in a competitive environment,” he said.

A report released last summer said Convention Center bookings had fallen, but Lockett said Tuesday that business for the next two years is strong.

— This article appeared on page A1 of the Albuquerque Journal
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Old July 11th, 2012, 10:28 PM   #2732
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Clunky, but it looks a lot better than some earlier renderings of this facelift. The original architect had the foresight to create an atrium space that this new proposal seeks to capitalize on. Not to sure about that cheesy cardboard "hearth" though. Something closer to the lobby of the old La Posada Hotel would have been ideal. Hanging huge New Mexico style chandeliers from the ceiling could help...
I like the more contemporary feel and the bright atmosphere. I don't care for anything too "Santa Fe" in the civic plaza area.

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Old July 11th, 2012, 10:42 PM   #2733
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Yeah, the exterior is much better than this awful concept:


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The interior is kind of a lousy mutt, neither fully clean and modern nor fully immersed in vernacular charm. But that's easy stuff to finesse later.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #2734
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Some renders of the new urban Target in Uptown. Presently, the shell is going up. I'm guessing this is the east face of the building and the southwest perspective from approx near the Trader Joe's on Indian School.

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anyone notice the resemblance between the glass entry at Target and the Convention Center. Something tells me the same architect at DPS worked on both...
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anybody have photos of the community garden downtown behind the Gold Ave Lofts?

anybody know when Google will update their ABQ maps?
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Developing Barelas Rail Yards Touted
By Dan McKay / Journal Staff Writer on Tue, Jul 24, 2012


It was the heart of Albuquerque when Babe Ruth smashed home runs for the Yankees, when families scraped by to survive the Great Depression, when soldiers returned from World War II.

But few New Mexicans in recent decades have been inside the Barelas rail yards site.

That would change under a plan Mayor Richard Berry’s administration is considering.

The idea, not yet sent to City Council, would involve sprucing up the old blacksmith shop so that it could be used as a community space for growers’ markets, car shows and other special events. There would be sidewalks, guardrails and fences allowing visitors to walk through other parts of the 27-acre site.

“This could be one of the really special places in America,” Berry said as he toured the rail yards last week.

Reviving the massive blacksmith shop — a brick building facing the Coal Avenue bridge — is expected to cost $500,000 to $750,000. The city has funding available from voter-approved bonds.

Making the place suitable for visitors would come in tandem with longer-term planning for what to do with the site. A series of community meetings are expected over the next year or so to craft a long-range plan for redeveloping the rail yards.

But Berry’s administration wants people to have access to the site even before the full redevelopment begins.

The initial $500,000 or more to get the building ready would include replacing some windows, fixing roof leaks and making other changes to bring it up to modern safety standards. It would have electricity.

Berry said he could envision opening the site every Saturday for growers’ markets or for weekly events with food trucks.

“This is a place where people are going to want to be,” he said.

Leba Freed, president of the nonprofit Wheels Museum, which is on site, said that reviving the blacksmith shop is a “magnificent idea.” It’s a perfect starting point for igniting interest in the overall site.

The rail yards were in full operation from about 1915 to into the early 1960s, and then slowly shut down.

“It’s the most important historic property in the state, in my opinion,” Freed said in an interview. “It’s where Albuquerque became a city.”

City Councilor Isaac Benton also likes the idea of tackling the blacksmith shop first.

“It’d be nice for citizens to be able to get on the site and at least look at the buildings from that vantage point,” Benton said.

The city bought the rail yards in 2007 for about $8.5 million, with a commitment that the redevelopment will eventually include some mixed-income housing and a permanent place for the Wheels Museum. The site lies just south of Downtown Albuquerque.
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anybody have photos of the community garden downtown behind the Gold Ave Lofts?

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I took some pics today! I will load them tonight when I get home!
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$60M project could transform Corrales

Senior living community plans to employ 140, create 800 construction jobs in quiet village

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The quiet village of Corrales has captured one of the Albuquerque metro area’s largest building projects.

The Villas in Corrales, a $60 million upscale senior continuing care community, will likely break ground this fall, said David Dronet, president and CEO of for-profit Corrales Senior Living LLC. The project is awaiting federal Department of Housing and Urban Development loan guarantees that will trigger the first phase of construction.

The initial phase includes 174 apartment units on 15.5 acres and costs $44 million, with a second phase containing 50 apartments. All buildings will be less than 26 feet tall.
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