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Railroad Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan (1998).

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The goal of the Railroad Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan is to provide for the coordinated development of several major public and private projects designed to revitalize the downtown core of Albuquerque as a regional specialty-retail, entertainment, and visitor center.

The strategies include:

  • Expansion of the Albuquerque Convention Center to add approximately 100,000 – 125,000 square feet of exhibit space;
  • A new convention hotel of at least 500 rooms designed to help meet the demand generated by the expanded Convention Center;
  • A specialty retail and entertainment center of at least 50,000 square feet of net leasable area, comprised of retail shops, restaurants, food and flower markets, kiosks and pushcarts, utilizing both indoor and outdoor spaces, and providing space and encouragement for a variety of entertainment, such as small community-based groups, entertainment for children, etc;
  • An attractive new urban park, integrated with the other project elements identified in the Plan, providing relief from the intense urban activity nearby as well as space for entertainment and civic events, such as arts and crafts shows, celebrations sponsored by ethnic groups, etc;
  • Other projects in this MR are: a new museum, parking facilities, transit link; and
  • The intent of the plan is to diversify the economic base of the city’s downtown and provide a magnet to draw people Downtown for shopping and entertainment during the evenings and weekends.

Download the Railroad Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan (1998)