Historic Albuquerque Rail Yards Hosts Open House and Tours
November 30, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE – For the first time since purchasing the historic Rail Yards site south of downtown in 2007, the City of Albuquerque will be inviting the general public onto the property this Saturday, December 1, as part of the process to develop a Master Plan for the site.
An Open House for the public to review and comment on redevelopment concepts and proposals will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in one of the historic structures on the site, which is located at 1100 2nd Street, SW, at 2nd St. and Pacific Ave. All are welcome to attend. Tours of the site are being offered at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon; spaces for the tours are limited and can be reserved by calling (505) 924-3897.
"We’ve been working to find ways to increase safe access to the site so the public can gain an appreciation of its historic value and economic development potential," says Mayor Richard J. Berry. He has been championing an interim use proposal to partially restore one of the buildings on the site so that it can be used for public events, such as a farmer’s market. “The Open House and tours this Saturday are a great chance for people to get a sneak peek of this one-of-a-kind site and project."
The City and selected Master Developer, Samitaur Constructs, have been holding public input meetings and working to develop a Master Plan for the site since August. City Councilor Isaac Benton, who led the effort to acquire the site, says the Open House and tours represent an important opportunity for the public to get involved in the planning process, which will establish the parameters for what happens with the site in the future.
For more information about the Rail Yards Open House, Tours, and Master Planning process, the public can contact the City at (505) 924-3897.