Menaul Boulevard Redevelopment Report

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

Menaul Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Designation Report

In response to the Menaul Redevelopment Study, the Menaul Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Designation Report is on the December 6th Letter of Introduction, R-21-230. This designation report will establish 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. This bill will be referred to the Albuquerque Development Commission (ADC) for their review and recommendation, before coming back to City Council to be heard first by the Land Use, Planning, and Zoning (LUPZ) Subcommittee. The next steps are anticipated as follows:

This website will be updated with additional dates as they become available.

Final Study

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:

Contact Information

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