NW ABQ residents prepare for fight to keep historic home standing
October 19, 2018 10:39 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A northwest Albuquerque neighborhood is fighting to preserve what its residents are calling one of the city's hidden gems—a historic home next to sensitive lands near the Rio Grande.
Susan Chaudoir has been learning about the piece of land at the end of Namaste Road near Coors and St. Josephs, as well Suzanne Poole, the former landowner.
"The reason she named this road Namaste is because she believed there was a sacredness here," Chaudoir said. "I feel her spirit still lingering in this place."
Before passing away in her Albuquerque home in 2012, Poole was a cast member in the original "Guys and Dolls" production, was a philanthropist, and played an instrumental role in supporting the Santa Fe Opera and Popejoy Hall.
Now Chaudoir says she has learned about plans to knock down Poole's home and build 73 new ones.
"This issue is what we're talking about today," she said.
The land is owned by Daniels Family Properties, which is working with Consensus Planning on the potential development. In a statement released by Consensus, the company says it is updating the area for a modern house market.
“Consensus Planning is working with Abrazo Homes on a sustainable neighborhood development plan for the property that includes open space and homesites consistent with the neighborhood," the statement read. "The proposed project is permissive under the current zoning. The development plan will be reviewed by the City’s Environmental Planning Commission on Nov. 8."
But Chaudoir and a growing number of neighbors don't see it that way.
"They're motivated by the cultural relevance," she said. "They're motivated to share this as a public amenity."
City officials say the project is still in the very early stages, including waiting on reports on how developing the area would impact nearby city-owned open space. But that group of local residents is preparing to fight for preservation.
"It really does have special meaning to places," Chaudoir said. "And we think it should have special meaning to Albuquerque."
Updated: October 19, 2018 10:39 PM
Created: October 19, 2018 09:46 PM
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