Church plans on pursuing property on ABQ's West Side, despite neighbors' concerns
June 19, 2018 05:23 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Bible says to "love thy neighbor". But converting an old Hasting's on Coors and Montano into a Calvary church has been a controversial issue for people on the West Side. A turn of events is shaking up the process even more.
The sign on the vacant building says "Creating Life Change. Fall 2018." That change might be more hellish than heavenly for residents who live nearby.
The biggest complaint some have is that the church will cause the area of Coors and Montano to become even more congested with commuters.
"We don't have parking for it. We don't have access. We have 61 homes in our little neighborhood. How are we going to get out during those traffic times? We're already boxed in. We can't go left on Montano," said resident Susan Stucker.
"We're concerned about our only driveway, which is right behind Calvary. Their max capacity expected to be 800 people but there's only 1,000 parking spaces in the whole shopping center," said Dr. Una Medina Olmsted.
There was a shocking move at a zoning hearing Tuesday. Calvary withdrew its application but didn't change its intention of converting the building to a church. A Calvary official says they plan on applying under new zoning rules.
When the church bought the building last July and started the process to convert it, it was under old zoning rules labeled as "commercial".
Zoning rules changed last month that designates the building as mix-use property.
Residents worry their voice will now be lost and their concerns unaddressed during this new process. But a church official says they look forward to working with the neighbors.
Updated: June 19, 2018 05:23 PM
Created: June 19, 2018 03:24 PM
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