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Ideas for new downtown skyscraper revealed

Brittany Costello
September 25, 2017 06:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Beyond the historic Rail Yards, a new grocery store and condominiums, there seems to be no shortage of homeless campus, vacant buildings or open space in downtown Albuquerque. For city officials, there is something missing, and it could change the downtown Albuquerque skyline as the city knows it.

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Mayor Richard Berry earlier this summer announced a skyscraper competition, calling on drafts of ideas and sketches for a new, eye-opening addition to downtown. It took some time, but those proposals – three in all – were presented Monday to the Albuquerque Development Commission.

One of the proposals would create a building called the Symphony Tower, which would come with rental space, residential space, a hotel and more. It stands 34 stories tall in its current design. If selected, it would be the tallest building in the state.

However, according to the developer, the idea calls for the city to demolish the current City Hall and police station to be rebuilt later.

Another proposal calls for an even taller building, at 36 stories. The catch with this idea? City and police departments would have to rent out some of the space, though it would be large enough to accommodate all those employees, as well as residential and office space.

The third proposal is called Silver Avenue Flats, and it encompasses multi-use functionality. But it’s a bit smaller compared to the other two proposed structures.

With two different downtown spaces available, the commission moved forward with Silver Avenue Flats. It’s a five-story building with 130 high-end market value apartments. It will have a bicycle transit center, commercial space, public safety/security center, neighborhood fitness center and retail.

However, that building would not be taller than the U.S. Eagle building downtown.

Both proposals for the other site were rejected but the commission is going to work with the Symphony Tower to refine the proposal and bring it back.

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