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Redefining Downtown Albuquerque

Downtown Redevelopment Plan gets first full refresh in two decades
March 19, 2024

ALBUQUERQUE – This year, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency (MRA) is making significant updates to the existing Downtown Redevelopment Plan to better fit the neighborhood’s changing needs and vision. The aim is to create a plan that provides a roadmap to build a downtown that Burqueños and their families can enjoy.

The process will include multiple opportunities for public input and engagement. Our first Public Open House will kick off tomorrow, March 20th, 2024 at the Rail Yards Flue Shop from 4:30PM – 6:30PM.

The initiative comes at a pivotal time as downtowns across the nation redefine themselves in a post-pandemic era. With Albuquerque's unique blend of culture, history, and entrepreneurial spirit, establishing a cohesive vision and economic trajectory for the development of downtown is paramount.

"Downtown Albuquerque plays a central role in our city's identity and economic success," said Mayor Tim Keller. “With encouraging redevelopment projects like the Albuquerque Rail Trail, the Downtowner, Arrive Hotel, Ex Novo, and more—it’s time to harness the momentum that we have and continue to create more opportunities for our families to enjoy the heart of our city.”

"By modernizing our Downtown Redevelopment Plan, we aim to spur growth, attract investment, and create a downtown that reflects the needs of our community," said MRA Director Terry Brunner. “The last Redevelopment Plan for Downtown Albuquerque hasn’t been substantially updated since 2004. By refreshing the plan now, we can steer positive growth for the next two decades, and set up a dynamic economy for our city’s future.”

“City centers that are loved by their residents are more likely to attract and retain talent, stimulate economic growth, and entice new visitors to the area,” said Gina Riccobono, Owner of Flyby Provisions and Member of the Downtown Advisory Committee. “We're eager to see a focused investment into Downtown ABQ's revitalization that will bring more foot traffic to the neighborhood and turn it into one of the most desirable parts of the city."

The updated plan, due later in 2024, will set the stage for Albuquerque's downtown to flourish over the next two decades, serving as a beacon of opportunity and vitality. As Downtown Albuquerque embarks on this transformative path, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency remains committed to building a fun, inclusive, and prosperous urban core that reflects the spirit of the city and those who live here.

For more information and updates on the Downtown Redevelopment Plan, please visit