Apartment complex under construction has neighbors concerned

Created: 08/12/2014 5:47 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A huge new apartment complex under construction at Coors and Montano has people on Albuquerque's West Side asking a lot of questions. How many units? How many people? How many cars will add to the congested traffic already going through one of the city's busiest intersections?

We have some answers.

240 units, so maybe 500 people, and maybe 500 cars stirring into the soup at Coors and Montano. Those seem to be the ballpark numbers for the Andalucia Apartments.

They'll be "Class A" apartments. That means rents starting at about $1,000 a month for a two bedroom pad. The site is nearly 17 acres, so it looks like there will be plenty of parking, but what about the impact on Coors and Montano, where traffic is a wall-to-wall crawl during rush hour?

"People are going to be merging onto Coors and Montano," said Peter Durkin, who lives in the El Bosque subdivision nearby. "I think there's going to be a lot more accidents and a lot more traffic in general."

In fact on an average weekday nearly 67,000 vehicles roll through the Coors-Montano intersection. Will a few hundred more make that much of a difference? One thing's for sure – with these buildings going up as fast as they are, we'll know pretty soon.

Meanwhile, Peter Durkin and many of his neighbors wish things had worked out differently.

"It would have been nice to put a park or something in there," Durkin said, a little wistfully. "I mean, it's just a stone's throw away from the Bosque."

Durkin and other neighbors united a couple of years ago to block a Walmart superstore in the same area. In that case, the main issue was traffic.

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