Councilor Harris’ Vision for a Stronger Community
In an effort to make District 9 more inviting, Councilor Harris is prioritizing projects to:
- Incentive Economic Development
- introduce new activity hubs
- revitalize the Route 66 Corridor
- Improve Quality of Life for residents
- clean up and rebuild current parks
- support our little leagues
- utilize our unique open space
- Encourage Community Services
- prioritize a community center in the center of the district
- revitalize the public library
Revitalization of the Route 66 Corridor will require a combination of public and private investments in the area. Councilor Harris believes that small businesses are the backbone to any local economy including East Gateway. By working with business owners and associations in the area, the perception of the Route 66 region will change, allowing for a more inviting neighborhood for families.
One of the first projects that Councilor Harris started on was the development of a comprehensive, results oriented plan to positively change the Central corridor. Councilor Harris has secured $3.8 million for the projects in the East Gateway area through GO Bonds that have been passed by the voters.
Currently the City of Albuquerque is working with developers and professionals to establish a plan on how to revitalize this important area. The Councilor is focused on certain catalyst sites to create growth for the entire corridor and we are currently in the planning phase of moving forward with these sites. These include Tramway & Central, Juan Tabo & Central, and Eubank & Central.
Juan Tabo Hills Park
With community interest Councilor Harris secured funding for a design of a new park in the Juan Tabo Hills Neighborhood. Approximately 2.9 acres of the 8.75 acres would be used for a dog park. View the plans and meeting notes.
Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts
Fully funded Regional Facility that will include 18 pickleball courts. Anticipated start date for construction is late June/Mid July, 2016 and construction is anticipated to last six months. View the plans.
Mile High Little League
As the oldest little league in City of Albuquerque, Mile High is home to families from all over District 9. Working with the President and the board of Mile High LL, Councilor Harris and the City of Albuquerque are designing a plan that outline the next twenty years. The concession stand and the new field designs will bring new attention to this historic landmark.
Zia Little League
Zia Little League sits among some of the district’s greatest assets including the Manzano Mesa Multi-generational Center and parks. This little league is home to families from several school districts and the southern part of District 9. Recently worked with State Legislators for funding in 2016.
Four Hills Park
As a community that draws younger families, Four Hills is in desperate need of a park that residents can use freely. This new park will be built off of Running Water, not far from the entrance to Four Hills.
When finished, the acre park will include:
- beautiful views
- play areas
- a basketball court
- shade areas
- work out stations
- water conservation efforts
Open Space Protection
Using conservation easements and purchasing new land in order to protect it from further development will ensure future generations can also benefit from open space. The Biozone is the first step to building the open space holdings, but there is more to be done. People from all over the city come to these areas to hike, picnic, and take their kids.
The Tijeras Arroyo – Biozone Open Space
One of the most unique open spaces in Albuquerque sits in District 9. Nestled between Four Hills, Hidden Valley, Four Hills North, and Singing Arrow – the Biozone represents the four major ecological zones that should be preserved and protected for generations to come.
Jeanne Bellamah Community Center
The Jeanne Bellamah Community Center is in the heart of the district, just west of Juan Tabo and south of Constitution. Councilor Harris secured $1.7 million to expand and repurpose this facility. Today it is open to the public and offers a wide range of services and opportunities for local residents. Learn more about these improvements.
Singing Arrow Community Center
Singing Arrow Community Center is located in the southern region of District 9 in the historic Singing Arrow neighborhood. This community center is heavily used and Councilor Harris is working to rebuild this center and increase the services it provides to this area of the city.
Alternative Response Center (ARS)
One acre of land, in the Juan Tabo Hills area, has been gifted to the City to build a fire station. With the support of Fire Chief Downey, Councilor Harris is interested in exploring the possibility for an Alternative Response Station on this site. $35,000 has been secured from 2015 State Capital Outlay for design.