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ICYMI: City again seeks ideas to develop Downtown site

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The City of Albuquerque’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency has issued a request for proposals for development of a mixed-use project Downtown.

The site being offered in the RFP by Mayor Tim Keller’s administration is a 2-acre parking lot at 400 Fourth St. NW near Civic Plaza.

Former Mayor Richard J. Berry had offered the same site as part of a competition to transform the city’s skyline with the tallest building in the state. But the Albuquerque Development Commission rejected the two proposals submitted under that effort.

The new effort calls for a project that will be “a point of place-making, bringing together residents and tourists to add to the current excitement and energy in Downtown Albuquerque.” According to the RFP, it must offer some kind of public amenity such as a park or gathering space, recreational facility, performance space or museum.

Developers are being asked to come up with a plan that “catalyzes economic
growth and redevelopment” Downtown.

The city will offer the site for fair value sale or lease, which it says will take into account social and economic benefits.

Proposals must be submitted by April 29. An ad hoc selection committee will review the proposals and make recommendations to the ADC, according to a city news release.