ABQ the Plan History
In 2010, Mayor Richard J. Berry wanted to find out how other cities had invested in themselves. He visited several cities such as, Indianapolis, Denver and Chicago to learn their best practices. In November of 2010, he introduced the concept of the Plan in his State of the City Address. In that speech, stacks of city plans were brought in to demonstrate that though the City had a lot of plans; there wasn’t an overall plan for the future of Albuquerque.
In 2011, ABQ the Plan began to take shape. Numerous committees were assembled to create a vision for the Plan and compile a list of project ides for public consideration. In total, the Mayor attended over 100 events, reaching over 40,000 citizens, including community groups, business organizations, government functions, town halls and summer festivals. ABQ the Plan information was also shared on the City’s website, Facebook and Twitter.
In 2012, large projects were moving forward, with $50 million in funding for Paseo del Norte at I-25 and $20 million for the Convention Center Facelift. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Alternatives Analysis considered options for a Central BRT system. Planning efforts began for the Rio Grande Vision, 50-Mile Activity Loop and the Route 66 Action Plan.
In 2013, progress continued on the Paseo del Norte at I-25 Interchange Reconstruction project, and the BRT Alternatives Analysis was complete. The Convention Center renovation work was underway and the 50-Mile Activity Loop and Rio Grande Vision plans were completed with design work in progress. Planning work continued on the Route 66 Action Plan which was destined to City Council for final adoption.
Infrastructure projects completed in 2014 include the Paseo del Norte at I-25 Interchange Reconstruction Project and the Convention Center Facelift. In addition, 4th Street was converted from a pedestrian mall to a street to provide better circulation in the Downtown.
In 2014, the City executed the Rail Yards Master Development and Disposition Agreement (MDDA) and adopted the Master Development Plan for the 27.3-acre site. Interim uses for the site were also implemented.
The Route 66 Action Plan was adopted by City Council and progress was made on the 50-Mile Activity Loop design of the Nob Hill to Uptown section.
Environmental monitoring was conducted in the Bosque to describe existing conditions and to establish baselines to measure future changes for the area from Central Avenue to Montaño. Public comments have been received, compiled, and are being evaluated to guide future activity in the area.
Projects moving forward were Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART), 50-Mile Activity Loop, Rio Grande & Bosque Improvements, Innovation Central, Innovate ABQ, the Rail Yards, and the Imperial Building. Redevelopment projects included rehabilitation of the El Vado/Casa Grande and the De Anza Motor Lodge and the First Street and Central Avenue Downtown Entertainment Hub.
Projects planned for the 50-Mile Activity Loop include the Downtown Bike Lanes and the Overall Signing Plan for the 50 Mile Activity Loop and Segment 8, the Multi-Use Trail crossing at Coors Blvd and Eagle Ranch. The Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project is expecting to be substantially complete in the winter 2017.
The Bosque Improvement project took a major step forward in 2016. Starting in August, crews began work creating a six-foot crusher-fine path in the area between Campbell and Montano. Now complete, the path allows for greater access to the Bosque by people using wheelchairs and other devices like strollers. The next phase of the project will include work in the Tingley area. An ADA accessible path will be constructed, leading to the Tingley Beach overlook. Crews will also begin work on the Atrisco Siphon Bridge. This work is expected to be completed by the end of spring 2017.
ABQ the Plan is an ever-evolving plan to continue progress for the future of Albuquerque. Funding opportunities will continue to be sought in order to make these dreams a reality.