Draft University Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency (MRA) is considering designating the Central and Yale corridors of the University and Silver Hill neighborhoods as a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area.

Through robust community engagement, the purpose of this project is to create an actionable redevelopment implementation plan that will:

  1. Spur corridor-appropriate development;
  2. Establish a business coalition to address concerns and advocate for improvements;
  3. Develop partnerships between institutions, businesses, and the neighborhood; and
  4. Prioritize key public infrastructure projects.

The majority of the Central Corridor has already been designated as Metropolitan Redevelopment Area. The benefits to becoming a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area include:

  • Property owners gain access to incentives to spur reinvestment in their property including waiver of City Impact Fees, low-interest environmental remediation loans, and property tax abatement;
  • The area is eligible for expanded state and federal grant funding;
  • Additional Metropolitan Redevelopment Area funds may be earmarked for public infrastructure improvements; and
  • MRA can undertake catalytic public-private partnerships to redevelop publicly owned sites.

There have been many recent planning efforts in your community. There are several things that we want to clear up:

  • This is not associated with the Near Heights Community Planning Area Assessment
  • This process will not change your current land use zoning
  • This process will not result in the City using eminent domain for redevelopment
  • The first step in the process is to create a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Designation Report. 

University Area Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Designation 

The University Area Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Designation Report was recommended for approval by the Albuquerque Development Commission on March 17th. Final approval for the Designation is currently being considered by City Council. To read the final Designation Report, click here.

University Area Metropolitan Redevelopment Plan - Legislative Draft 

Based on community input and stakeholder feedback, and a public meeting on June 23, 2022 to gather participant feedback, MRA has finalized the University Area Metropolitan Redevelopment Plan for consideration by the Albuquerque Development Commission (“ADC”) and City Council. ADC and City Council may direct or request minor changes to this final version.

Boundary Map

Designation Boundaries University MRA


What’s already been done? 

Proposed University Metropolitan Redevelopment Area - Public Meeting #1


This meeting was hosted on 2/2/2022 and had over 50 attendees. This recording includes the presentation of the Draft University Area Metropolitan Redevelopment Designation Report, and ends before breakout rooms were created for community discussion of the specific proposed boundaries. View the presentation by clicking here

University Area Community Planning Open House: Public Meeting #2 

MRA hosted an Open House on March 10, 2022 to collect input on the creation of a Redevelopment Plan. We asked participants to tell us: How can we improve the community? What could the area look like in 1 year? 5 years? 10 years? Over 50 community members attended to provide feedback. Information collected at the open house will be used to draft a University Area Redevelopment Plan. 

Albuquerque Development Commission (ADC) Designation Report Hearing

The University Area Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Designation Report was recommended for approval by the Albuquerque Development Commission on March 17th. To view the meeting minutes, click here

University Area Metropolitan Redevelopment Plan – Public Meeting #3 for Community Input on the Draft Plan (via Zoom) on 6/23/2022 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Over the past 8 months, MRA heard from community members, property owners, business owners, and more about how they would like to see the University area improved. Using this input, MRA and consultants at Sites Southwest created a Public Draft of the University Area Metropolitan Redevelopment Plan. The purpose of the meeting was for the planning team to provide an overview of the draft Plan and collect public feedback. Feedback provided by participants at the meeting was incorporated in to the final legislative draft of the Redevelopment Plan.

Notice to Persons with Disabilities: If you have a disability and require special assistance to participate in these meetings, please contact the MRA Office at 505-810-7499 or email [email protected] as soon as possible.

Community Surveys

To assist in the planning process, the project team collected feedback from property owners and residents about their experiences living, working, and doing business in the University area. Information collected will be used to draft a University Area Redevelopment Plan.


Metropolitan Redevelopment and State Statute

The New Mexico Redevelopment Code (3-60A-1 to 3-60A-48 NMSA 1978) provides New Mexico cities with the powers to correct blighted conditions in areas or neighborhoods, which “substantially inflict or arrest the sound and orderly development” within the city. Designation of a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area must be based on a finding of poor economic and physical conditions, as defined in the New Mexico Metropolitan Redevelopment Code. Examples can include deteriorated structures, defective street layout, faulty lot layout, unsanitary or unsafe conditions, deterioration of site improvements, tax or special assessment delinquency, improper subdivision, lack of adequate housing, impractical planning and platting or low levels of commercial or industrial activity or redevelopment. The Anti-donation Clause of the New Mexico Constitution (Article IX, Section14) prohibits state and local governments to provide public funds that benefit private interests. The New Mexico Redevelopment Code provides an exception to the Anti-donation Clause through the adoption of an MR Plan to allow local government to sell, lease, or dispose of public assets; enter into public/private partnerships; carry out MRA projects; invest in MRA project funds; and issue bonds and/or loans. The New Mexico Redevelopment Code DOES NOT grant a local government the power of eminent domain.