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CABQ to move forward with new behavioral health facility

Joy Wang
August 20, 2018 10:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Many downtown Albuquerque business owners are not happy that a new behavioral health facility, which will assist people who are homeless.

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In a 5-3 vote, city councilors decided to move forward with the project.

It will provide 42 housing units and behavioral health services to those in need.

Monday night’s vote allows the city to move forward with acquiring the property near 4th  St. and Mountain.

The project is expected to cost just over $9 million, with the city responsible for $2 million. The remainder will come from grants and private money.

The deadline to get that grant and have funds to match it by the city and county is the end of the month.

“It's a first step in more ways than one. It's a first step for the city but it's also a first step along the way of getting back to more regular housing for the tenants. We're really not expecting people will live in this building for 10 years or something. We're trying to bring people along and help them get back on their feet,” said Albuquerque City Councilor Isaac Benton.

The councilors who voted against the project talked about the lack of planning and details.

Public comment was filled with concerned citizens and business owners, asking the city to move the project elsewhere or postpone the decision.

“The business community, the developers I spoke to, the residential people downtown, the storefronts, the restaurants downtown, most of the people I talk to have never heard of this project,” said a concerned citizen.

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