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Update on Walmart in the International District

$2M in State Capital Outlay and Community Process to Move the Project Forward.

May 15, 2023

The City of Albuquerque secured nearly $2 million during the 2023 legislative session to support redevelopment in the International District. The funding could be used to help purchase the Walmart store property at 301 San Mateo SE or for general redevelopment in the area. Community leaders will begin a public input process soon to hear the priorities of residents in the area.

The site is currently listed for sale to commercial buyers, but the $2 million secured in the session is not enough to buy the property at market value. If the property does not sell, however, Walmart has indicated they are willing to negotiate with the City. Community leaders, including Enrique Cardiel, are beginning to plan input meetings where residents can discuss their desires for the neighborhood.

“Generally, community development is decided by a handful of people. We have an opportunity to include a broader range of community here by including those who shopped there,” said Enrique Cardiel, Director of the Health Equity Council.

A broad coalition of elected leaders are working with the community on these efforts, including State Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, State Representative Janelle Anyanonu, Senate President Pro-Tempore Mimi Stewart, City Councilor Pat Davis, and Bernalillo County Commissioner Adriann Barboa.

"We're working on redevelopment efforts in the International District that will help fill gaps in much needed resources and amenities,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “While the future of the Walmart property is undecided, we will work with the community no matter what to make investments that improve quality of life for residents.”