Mayor Berry Announces Request for Proposals for a Downtown Grocery Store
June 28, 2012
Albuquerque, NM – As part of continuing efforts to revitalize downtown Mayor Richard J. Berry announced plans for a downtown grocery just north of Silver between 2nd and 3rd streets.
The City purchased the 0.978 acre property in 2000 for $575,000. Remediation of the site occurred in 2003 and six underground tanks were removed. The site is now certified as "clean and clear" of any contamination. The City is marketing this site for a downtown grocery store and pharmacy.
"I am delighted with this step today it won’t be very long till downtown residents have a place to do their weekly grocery shopping," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. "This is a great example of private/public partnerships for a downtown grocery that will end the ‘food desert’ that has existed in this area for decades," said Mayor Berry.
On May 10, 2012, the City received approval form the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) to re-zone the site and with that approval, the process for the Downtown 2010 Sector Plan has an expedited review process that makes this an attractive location for a developer to enter into a partnership with the City.
The City is in the process of putting out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to attract a Development Team to the site. Downtown neighborhoods such as Barelas, Raynolds Addition, Downtown, Santa Barbara/Martineztown, South Martineztown, Sawmill, Wells Park and many others, including downtown employees, will benefit from a downtown grocery and pharmacy. The RFP will be published officially in next week’s Albuquerque Journal.
Other public/private partnerships include Old Albuquerque High School, the theater block, Alvarado Transportation Center, Silver Gardens and the up and coming Casitas de Colores.