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Local Business Supports ART Contractors: Challenges Others to Do the Same

Business owner provides meals for construction workers.

Albuquerque, NM - Bessie Romero, owner of Bessie’s, an event space on West Central Avenue, is opening up her business for The Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) construction crews to warm up and eat traditional New Mexican food during construction.

“It’s cold outside, and I have a space and warm food for them,” Romero said. “I appreciate the hard work the construction team is doing, and it’s my way of giving back.”

City Councilor Klarissa Peña commends Romero and asks others to follow her lead. “Although, I voted against the ART project it is important to move forward.  I encourage everyone to support the West Central Business community, the construction crew, and lets work together to ensure the project gets done quickly and that it’s done well.  We're all in this together.”

Councilor Ken Sanchez echoes the sentiment. “Throughout the City we are hearing of businesses coming together to support one another,” he said. “Construction is tough, but if we work together we will endure, and it will be great when it’s done.”

Both councilors remind people that Central Avenue is open with two lanes in each direction open in much of the construction area, and a minimum of one lane in each direction at all times. Additionally, most Central Avenue businesses are offering promotions to encourage customers to continue visiting during construction.

“Let’s all rally around Central Avenue and be sure they have a great holiday season,” Peña added.

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