Wednesday, June 06, 2007

More Downtown Residential..finally...

Ok, it has finally been posted. Jonathon Rose finally added the downtown Albuquerque project to their website and here is the rendering:

According to the website, the near side of 2nd St is to have 53 live/work studios, 140 mixed-income units and a 210-space parking garage. The second phase, on the west side of 2nd St. is to have 76-136 townhomes depending on the demand and market at the time of construction.

I am excited at the idea of nearly 300 new residences downtown. Also, 140 apartments (if that's the correct assumption) is a welcome addition to the condo happy area. I have no doubt the apartments will fill up upon completion seeing as the AHS loft apartments and San Felipe Apts are filled and have waiting lists the last I heard. I wish we would get a little more density seeing as this is officially the CBD. 6 stories? 8? That's not too much to ask for I don't think.

Anyhow, it's nice to see this project moving forward. A rendering is just what the doctor ordered in a time when we haven't seen many proposals come forward.

11 comments:

Mario said...

Tim - Have you visited the skyscraper city forum lately? Someone mentions a new 35 - 55 story development on Gold, have you heard this? I certainly have not, but if it were true, I'd start doing backflips!!!!!! Here's the link http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=321722&page=3

Tim said...

Wow, yea, I think I'd pee my pants if that were true. Who is this Nick character?

Mario said...

I don't know, but I certainly hope he is someone in the know! I can't even begin to imagine how great our skyline will look with an addition like that.

Philly said...

I have to say I'm dissappointed with the plans detailed here. I mean you can go to any part of ABQ and rent in a 3 story apt. complex with free parking. Why build one in prime DT parcels

I find it odd that such low density housing would be planned in one of the few large parcels of land in DT. I relly feel DT will go through a Office, and condo boom in the next 10-15 years, and land will be limited.

I don't get for the life of me that there is a proposal for a 27 story mix use bulding in a overcrowded journal center, with no real infrastructure for mass transportation. But there hasn't been anything significant built on that magnitude in the city's core, which has the infrasrtucture, since 1990 with the Bank, and hotel towers.

This city has me scratching my head alot sometimes.

I understand the need for affordable housing, but ya gotta think bigger for that area of the city.

brendisimo said...

I couldn't agree more philly...what they should have done was put all that office space at the journal center downtown and mixed it with more higher density housing, and made the journal center area a mixed use lower density development. We will never get a real grocery downtown until there are more people living down there, and while this new housing helps, it doesn't seem to go far enough. At least there are units set aside for BMR housing, thats refreshing.
Anyway, thanks Tim for keeping us posted...

Phil said...

guys, 140 units in a 4-story structure (and it is 4-story) is plenty dense for downtown ABQ residential. If this structure ends up having retail on the 1st floor, it's a pretty major addition to the downtown scene and a lot denser than anything that's down there now.

Philly said...

http://blogs.scripps.com/albq/archives/limon/078564.html

What you guys think?

Mario said...

Tim - You have to check out the rendering of the proposed 35-50 story tower. According to NickABQ from the skyscraper forum it is being built by Blue Dot Corporation the same company as the Anasazi. Here's the link, absolutely incredible looking structure!!!!
http://www.bluedotcorporation.com/development_pages/packardplace.htm

Tim said...

Philly, nice reply. It does seem like the longer this arena project stays in the planning stages, the more the nay sayers come out of the woodwork. Hopefully the courts side with the city and make the owners sell that building.

Mario, HOLY SHIT!!! Wow! I like it! It's actually a new design I haven't seen anywhere else!

Philly said...

Holy tap dancin jesus!

Anonymous said...

The whole density issue is something supported by people who have not lived in Albuquerque very long.
Take a look at what these plans have done to most of the urban areas that your readers and theorists have escaped from. You want to imprint these ideas on a population that still values being able to have gardens and to be able to see the sunset. We do not need a super-hip Albuquerque. But it seems that the secret is out. And it is so much more affordable than Santa Fe. Who are going to buy these lofts? Trust fund babies going to grad school or investors from out of state. This is the deepening of further class war.