Menaul Boulevard Redevelopment Report

This effort is to support the redevelopment and ongoing economic development of the Menaul Boulevard area.

Menaul Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan

The purpose of this project is to support the redevelopment and ongoing economic development of the Menaul Boulevard area. The boundaries of the Menaul MR area and the Menaul MRA Designation Report were adopted by City Council on May 16, 2022. The plan uses the work from the Menaul Redevelopment Study (2021) and the Menaul Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Designation Report as starting points for developing recommendations to support the redevelopment and revitalization of the Menaul area. The project team met with the community on August 11th 2022 and November 29th 2022. At the August 11th meeting the project team took feedback for inclusion in the proposed plan. At the November 29th meeting the initial draft of the plan was presented to the public. The feedback from the community was incorporated into the plan after both meetings. In response to the meeting on November 29th, the draft plan was revised, and it is this revised plan that is now beginning the approval process.

See below for the materials associated with these two meetings:

The adopting bill, R-22-92, includes the proposed MRA Plan. The MR plan will be going through the following steps in the adoption process:

  • January 4, 2023 - R-22-92 on Letter of Introduction and referral to ADC
  • ADC – Review and Recommendation
  • LUPZ – Review
  • City Council – Review and Approval

Menaul Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Designation Report

In response to the Menaul Redevelopment Study, the Menaul Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Designation Report was introduced on December 6thR-21-230. This designation report established the boundary and the findings of blight for the area.  This is not the MRA plan for the area; that plan will come once the boundaries are established, per the New Mexico MRA Code. This report focuses in more detail on the issues of blight as identified by the Menaul Redevelopment Study. The bill and report went through the following steps in the adoption process:  

  • Letter of Intro and referral to ADC – December 6, 2021
  • Community meeting – Tuesday, January 25, 2022  Meeting materials below.
  • ADC – Review and recommendation – Thursday, February 17, 2022
  • LUPZ – Review – Wednesday, April 13, 2022
  • City Council – Review and Approval – Monday, May 16, 2022

Menaul Redevelopment Study: 2021

The Menaul Redevelopment Study was presented to the community on September 14th, 2021. The comments received have been incorporated into the study. A resolution adopting the Menaul Redevelopment Study was introduced to the City Council, and was adopted by the City Council in November, 2021.  

Background

The Menaul Boulevard corridor is characterized by its important role within the economy of Albuquerque. The area is well located and central to the city with access to both Interstate 40 (I40) and Interstate 25 (I25) and in close proximity to the rail lines and the airport. There are stable and well-established neighborhoods to the north. Menaul is home to many locally owned small businesses that provide retail, dining options, and other services, as well as larger retail and hospitality chains. Generally, the retail and service business are located along Menaul, with hotels located in proximity to I25 and I40. Generally, light industrial and storage uses are located between Menaul and I40, and between Menaul, Candelaria, I25 and the North Diversion channel. While this is a very important area for supporting Albuquerque’s economic development, it is also an area that has problems with crime, and vacant or under-utilized buildings. The purpose of this project is to support the redevelopment and ongoing economic development of the Menaul Boulevard area. The area that this report will be focusing on are all of the non-residential properties in the area bounded by I25 (west), Candelaria (north), San Mateo (east), and I40 (south).

Public Meetings

First Public Meeting

On May 20, 2021 City Councilor Diane Gibson held the first community meeting on this project. The meeting was held online. At this meeting, the consultant, Consensus Planning, provided a short presentation on some of the existing conditions they have noted so far, presented some early data on a business survey, and conducted a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis with the attendees.

The meeting materials are available here:

Second Public Meeting

On September 14th, 2021 City Councilor Diane Gibson held the second public meeting. This meeting was also held online. At this meeting, the consultant Consensus Planning, provided a presentation on the draft study, including the results of the study and recommendations for subsequent phases of the project, including those that can be addressed by direct City action and those that would benefit from redevelopment under a public/private partnership. Public comment was taken at the meeting, and the public is encouraged to submit comments on this draft plan through September 28th, 2021. See above.

The meeting materials are available:

Third Public Meeting

On January 25, 2022, City Councilor Tammy Fiebelkorn held the third public meeting.

The meeting materials are available

Contact Information

Petra Morris, Associate Director of Planning & Policy Development, 505-768-3161, [email protected]