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ABQ residents weigh in on shelter, stadium in survey

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The city’s “Citizen Satisfaction Survey” also asked residents to weigh in on a number of decisions or potential actions officials are slated to make soon.

On the issue of where to locate a new homeless shelter, Downtown had the most support, with 27%. Another 18% said it should go near the Veterans Affairs hospital, while 15% preferred a location near the University of New Mexico Hospital.

The city plans to break ground on a 24/7 centralized homeless shelter next winter, although Keller and the City Council have not decided on a location.

Survey questions also touched on a possible new stadium for the New Mexico United professional soccer team.

Half of the respondents were asked if they supported or opposed building a new soccer stadium for New Mexico United games, with 61% saying they favored it.

The other half of the survey takers were asked if they supported or opposed building a new “multipurpose arena” for use by both New Mexico United and other events beyond soccer, and 67% said they supported that.

“It should be noted that support for either the multipurpose arena or the stand-alone soccer stadium tends to be stronger among younger residents and those with children in the household,” the survey report said.

But support for using public funds for a new stadium or multipurpose arena was not quite as strong. Fifty percent said they supported using public money, while 38% said they opposed using public funds for the facility or opposed the facility altogether.

Supporters of a stadium or multipurpose arena chose by an overwhelming margin the UNM sports complex area as the best site. Of five locations presented, 48% preferred building it around the UNM athletic venues, with Downtown and the West Side in a tie for distant second, each getting support from 12% of the respondents.

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