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Old August 2nd, 2007, 03:08 PM   #441
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I just finished a cross country drive from San Diego to Atlanta. It wasn't the best drive. But it wasn't too bad either. I drove through ABQ on the 40. I must say that your city looks beautiful from the freeway. I didn't venture off because of the rain. But everything looks pretty new along the interstate there. Looks somewhat like a new smaller Phoenix. Just an obeservation of course.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 04:21 PM   #442
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Glad you liked it, haldcottingham.

Hey, does anyone have an update on what's going on with the Big-I landscaping project. I hear that it has begun but are there any visible changes yet?

Also, any new word on Chant?
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 05:34 PM   #443
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Hey, does anyone have an update on what's going on with the Big-I landscaping project. I hear that it has begun but are there any visible changes yet?

Also, any new word on Chant?

Big-I groundbreaking was 3 months overdue. After the ceremonial one-shovel-of-dirt, nothing happened for another month. I contacted the mayor and city councillors, but no response. Finally they cleared the gravel off from two small embankments and have some irrgation piping laid out -- this has taken two weeks. There is one small grader parked in a small fenced off area. Doesn't resemble a $10M project to me. Appears to be some low-budget operation. I would have done the job for $5M and been working on phase II already. We'll see it if picks up.

I'm hungry for any scraper news including chant; but nothing in the media -- unless Nick has some inside scoop.
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 09:40 PM   #444
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No news on Chant.......well, at least not official news.

I thought the Big-I landscaping project was well underway? Perhaps not......

I would like to point out the interesting render of BelVedere.....Ill post pics tonight BUT....

in the rendering just posted, there are three twoers in the background that seem to be in the Baptist Parking lot........

now, you can see the ABQ HS lofts....and the Baptist Church also, but why would they put some fictional towers in the background?

Unless they know something we dont...
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 09:41 PM   #445
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Piper Aircraft

Piper recently rejected a Vero Beach $76.5M bond offer. I never believed that Vero Beach was ever in the running. Piper isn't going through all this trouble just to stay in Vero Beach. Cutting ties with VB BEFORE the move could create unnecessary confusion and hostilities. Smart move on Piper's part to keep VB on the list up until the end. It will either be OKC or ABQ and I think we have the edge.

A major blow, however, could come if Piper sells the company. It is now rumored that Piper is shopping around for a buyer. Let's hope not. This would be the biggest aquisition since intel -- but for ABQ, not RR!
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 10:25 PM   #446
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Hey Nick, if you look at the east downtown sector plan, they had done a rendering of the area which included a midrise tower at that location. That whole plan has been, essentially, run by Rob Dickson (ABQHigh) and his desire has always been to build a condo tower in that area. So far, it's all just wishful thinking...hopefully a developer with big pockets buys that property and does it right.

Regarding Piper...that would be HUGE if we got it. We need more headquarters in this city. It would be such a boost to our aerospace industry too. *Sends good juju*
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:19 PM   #447
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I really would love to see ABQ with an aviation cluster. We all talk about pro sports and such; having some corporate headquarters here would go along way in helping that cause. In order to sell luxury suites and club level packages it is essential to have a strong corporate participation. I only hope Piper does choose to come here, rather than selling off the company.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 04:54 AM   #448
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No news on Chant.......well, at least not official news.

I thought the Big-I landscaping project was well underway? Perhaps not......

I would like to point out the interesting render of BelVedere.....Ill post pics tonight BUT....

in the rendering just posted, there are three twoers in the background that seem to be in the Baptist Parking lot........

now, you can see the ABQ HS lofts....and the Baptist Church also, but why would they put some fictional towers in the background?

Unless they know something we dont...
Yeah, I have had the rendering for a while. I've studied it religiously, because at that time it was one of the few projects with a rendering.
And I also noticed the the mid rises, anyone else catch the arena in the backround as well. There are big plans for EDO, this arena deal is really going to affect the future of EDO. Those Railroad tracks really divide the two, hopefully something is done about that.

Rumor has it from an insider at Eclipse, that Piper is leaning toawrds ABQ. It's specualtion, with no official word, but it seems promising. It's down to three, including ABQ, with OKC being the only other real option (IMO). ABQ isn;t the only one offering an enticing tax incentive package.

Hey Nick, any tidbits on Packard? Thanks!
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 07:49 PM   #449
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hey guys, check out this weeks Business Weekly.

A young developer from San Diego has purchased Plaza Maya (the ugly building near 2nd and Lomas) and he plans to renovate it including a whole new facade with "60% glass." Pretty exciting. He also mentions how he thinks that first street has great potential...I like this guy.

Also, Utilicraft is still making progress on their plane. They intend to build a facility at Double Eagle II but they're still far off from anything concrete.

Ok, that's all
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 09:33 PM   #450
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hey guys, check out this weeks Business Weekly.

A young developer from San Diego has purchased Plaza Maya (the ugly building near 2nd and Lomas) and he plans to renovate it including a whole new facade with "60% glass." Pretty exciting. He also mentions how he thinks that first street has great potential...I like this guy.
I'm not a paid subscriber, could you post the whole article?

It's great to see more interest in that "warehouse" section of downtown. Interesting little community developing there...there's a theater company and a youth development center, and there's the renovation of the old Ice House building into a teen center.

So what's this guy from San Diego planning to use the newly renovated building for? It'd be interesting to see some condos or retail in this part of downtown.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 10:22 PM   #451
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I have pics of Belvedere and Anasazi...both are coming along quickly!

Belvedere seems to be nearing construction (topped out).

Anasazi is doing lots of work everyday......2 floors high....working on the garage and groundfloor retail......floors will rise soon soon.


Will post pics soon.


And the Federal Building you are talking about is the home of the CIA.
Hi, about Anasazi i was the steel detailer, and i want to share some images form 3D model, hope you'll enjoy it.

http://ivc1883.blogspot.com/2007/08/...uerque-nm.html
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 10:45 PM   #452
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Hi John here is the article from today's NM Business Weekly. One other thing to note, the National Flamenco Academy is also making their headquarters in the old warehouse district.

Plaza Maya's new owner plans a major, modern facelift
New Mexico Business Weekly - August 3, 2007by Tom O'ConnellNMBW Staff
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Plaza Maya’s David Dronet started early in business.
View Larger A young developer with roots in Southern California has sealed the deal to buy downtown Albuquerque's Plaza Maya office building.

The 62,287-square-foot structure at 615 First St. NW has been under contract between seller BGK Group and buyer Platinum Holdings for two months. Platinum partners David Dronet and Kristian Peter inked the deal on August 2. The sale price is undisclosed, but the building was originally listed at $3.5 million by Dave Vincioni, Dan Hernandez and Bruce Levin of Berger Briggs Real Estate and Insurance.

Dronet is not quite 30, yet his company owns several properties here and in San Diego and Austin. He has a bachelor's degree in finance from San Diego State University and started his career in mortgage brokerage work at age 21.

The third-generation real estate pro purchased his first property, a two-unit residential duplex, at age 22. He's fairly new to Albuquerque, but has been watching the market for years.

"I'm a fan of the Southwest in general," Dronet says. "I believe that as the baby boomers retire, warm climates are going to see the most sustained growth."

Platinum's Albuquerque portfolio totals 175,000 square feet, including Clear Plaza, a 20,000-square-foot, two-story office complex at 3620 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Clear Plaza had a 50 percent occupancy when Dronet bought it. He cut it to 25 percent, and started reconstruction on the property this week.

Dronet also plans to transform Plaza Maya, which is unoccupied.

For several years, the mostly windowless building, which rose in 1979, housed a single tenant, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs. The bureau relocated to 12th Street and Indian School NW more than two years ago, and the building has been for sale since December 2003.

Plaza Maya sits in what Dronet sees as the up-and-coming warehouse district. Just to the building's east are two former factories with faded lettering that reads "Supreme Bedding Mfrs." and "Home of Glorieta Beer." Nearby is the Wool Warehouse, a community theater; loft apartments and office buildings; and manufacturing and warehouse facilities.

Plaza Maya is also next door to the city of Albuquerque's Planning Department, so Dronet believes design, architecture and engineering firms would be a perfect fit as tenants. Platinum has three intent-to-purchase contracts with companies interested in office condo space there, including a local design firm that would occupy an entire floor. The other signed companies would have 4,000-square-foot spaces. The ground floor would be divided into lease spaces for a cafe and other retailers primarily serving Plaza Maya's tenants.

Dronet has been looking at Plaza Maya since last September. He says he was inspired to buy it by the presence of so many houses between Old Town and Downtown that had been obtained by attorneys and turned into law offices. He figured there would be a good market for law firms looking for better-located, full-service professional space they can own.

Renovations should start in three to four months, once Platinum receives its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Dronet is working with design firm The Design Group and contractor CTSI, both of Albuquerque.

He plans to "demo the entire building down to its columns," build a brand-new 60 percent glass exterior, possibly relocate the main entrance to First Street and put in covered parking on the south side.

The building will feature concierge service, security and a high-speed fiber connection, Dronet says.

He says he hopes to see further modernization of Downtown.

"Albuquerque to me is the only metropolitan area of its size that doesn't have a truly developed Downtown and hasn't gone through the explosive growth that most cities in the Southwest have," he says. "And that's a good thing because that gives it the chance to learn from the experience of other cities and grow intelligently."

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Old August 3rd, 2007, 11:17 PM   #453
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NEW! Nonstop Flights to Mexico from Albuquerque

From the Journal.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Direct Flights to Mexico Arriving

By Dan McKay
Journal Staff Writer
Albuquerque is about to get a little closer to Mexico.
Mayor Martin Chávez said Thursday that Frontier Airlines intends to launch direct flights between the Duke City and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The service will run three times a week for part of the year during peak tourist seasons, he said.
"It's a tremendous step forward for the city of Albuquerque," Chávez said. "It makes Albuquerque International Sunport international once again for people."
Direct flights to Mexico for regular passengers haven't been offered for many years, a spokesman for the Sunport said.
Chávez said he hopes the service opens up trade between New Mexico and Mexico.
"This is a tremendous potential trading partner. You can't have commerce without the infrastructure that roads and air entail," he said. "Now, it's a reality."
He said the service will be offered for at least a year, starting in mid-December. He hopes that, when successful, it will trigger service to other cities in Mexico, such as Guadalajara and Chihuahua.
Chávez said Albuquerque's chief administrative officer, Bruce Perlman, led negotiations to get it done.
"This has been a tremendously difficult nut to crack," the mayor said. "... It is a culmination of six months of negotiation."
The mayor said international cargo already makes it way to Albuquerque, but the direct flights will make it easier for people— especially tourists— to move back and forth.
An announcement offering details of the direct-flight agreement was expected today.
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ivc1883 - Thanks for the anasazi renderings and welcome to the ABQ Thread!
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Old August 4th, 2007, 12:52 AM   #455
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guys, someone has pictures from :The Place in Nob Hill and also Route 66 Casino Hotel???

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Old August 5th, 2007, 08:22 AM   #456
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google earth ABQ ?

a bit random, but does anyone know when google earth updates their city maps? I feel like their ABQ is from 2 or more years ago! I want to see the rest of the Alvarado build and that greyhound bus prison torn down...
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a bit random, but does anyone know when google earth updates their city maps? I feel like their ABQ is from 2 or more years ago! I want to see the rest of the Alvarado build and that greyhound bus prison torn down...
In this link is the model images from Alvarado Transportation Center
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Old August 6th, 2007, 02:45 AM   #458
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In the EDO Sector Plan there are actually several renderings for high-rises in EDO.......hopefully they will come to fruition!

Great Anasazi images!!! Thanks ivc1883!!


All the Avaiation news is great!!


And actually, I wish they would just bulldoze Plaza Maya........and build something taller in its place.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 05:13 PM   #459
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Awfully quiet around here...

Any news about Chant or Blue Dot? Any renderings yet?

Went by the Chant site and there is a sign saying "Available" and some phone numbers. Initially I thought they might be selling the site, but at the bottom of the sign it says "A Chant Development." So I guess they mean SPACE available and are seeking tennants -- seems all in order so far...
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new pics

anyone have pics of how Anasazi or BelVedere is coming along ? have they developed that last building on the East side of old ABQ High ?
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