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City plans to spur development by using empty west side lot

Colton Shone
April 20, 2017 06:18 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Albuquerque city leaders want to spur development on the west side. They want to turn the corner of Central and Unser into a major hub for that part of town. They're releasing Request for Proposals to see what kind of developers are interested in a public-private partnership for that area.

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Besides the weeds, the parcel of land on the northwest corner of Central and Unser sits empty. But city leaders want to turn this $1.4 million plot of city-owned land into something great.

"It could be anything from retail, to restaurants, to shops to housing," Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said.

City officials say the West-Central corridor is starting to see an explosion of growth in new developments as a result of spending millions in infrastructure improvements.

"We now have a library, we have a CVS across the street, we have medical facilities. A new dialysis center is going to be coming in. But we'd like to see more retail and I think this is an ideal location," City Councilor Ken Sanchez said.

They're hoping something takes shape a lot sooner in that city lot. After seeing proposed development at Unser Crossing, a few yards south, fall though. Sanchez blames the 2008 recession for that. He hopes this time around things will be different.

"I think we're still struggling, we were one of the last cities to go into the recession, and we’re one of the last to come out of the recession," he said.

The city will be taking in requests for proposal until Sept.1. 

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