Downtown Albuquerque has in the last few years built momentum as a destination for locals and visitors to gather. To further energize the urban core and ensure its vitality for years to come, Mayor Richard J. Berry announced in late 2015 a plan that will capitalize on recent upgrades made to the Convention Center and Civic Plaza.
The multi-faceted plan includes:
- Convention Center Renovation ($25 million): The Albuquerque Convention Center recently received a structural and aesthetic facelift to not only better reflect Albuquerque culture but also to handle larger local and traveling events. The project included the installation of a new glass façade overlooking Civic Plaza, a new stain and re-stucco for the exterior of the West Building, a new balcony, a new executive conference room, renovations to the atrium common spaces and meeting rooms, including carpeting and finishes.
- Civic Plaza ($4 million): As an extension of the Convention Center, Civic Plaza will also receive an upgrade. Proposed plans would replace the fountain with an interactive, family-friendly, modern and sustainable water element along with improvements to the surrounding area for shade, access and activities.
- One Central Entertainment District ($38.5 million): The City is set to break ground in Fall 2016 on a mixed-use entertainment hub at the intersection of First Street and Central Avenue. The new facility will have several amenities including a 10-lane upscale bowling lounge, coffee shops, local brewery taprooms, casual eateries and various types of retail and a 400- space parking structure.
- Downtown Parking ($1 million): A variety of proposals are being studied to improve and modernize downtown parking facilities, including garages, lots and on-street spaces.
Expected completion dates vary per project, but all are expected to be finished by Fall 2017.