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Former Nob Hill Parole Building for Sale or Lease through Allen Simon RE Group

6 Feb 2014, 10:58 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The building at 3010 Monte Vista Blvd. NE in Nob Hill has been placed on the market. The property, which also offers redevelopment possibilities, is now available for sale or for rent.

The 30,000 square-foot property, which sits on .3496 acres, has previously served as the probation and parole offices of the corrections department. It is listed by Allen Simon Real Estate Group at $1.8 million, with additional land available for parking.

Nob Hill is located at the connection point between the commercial and residential areas of Albuquerque. It is one of the state’s best preserved areas, overlapping with the renowned Route 66. The famous road goes through many neon signs and deco-inspired towers in the epicenter of Albuquerque.

Vice Presidents Jeff Martinez and Allen Powell have started working with local architects to determine the possibilities of the building, and the types of updates the property needs in its current condition. The complex stands in close proximity to the main campus of the University of New Mexico and area tenants include Urban Outfitters, Starbucks, Yanni’s Mediterranean Restaurant, Wells Fargo, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut. Transit is offered through Rapid Ride Bus.

The property is listed as redevelopment opportunity which, due to its location, can become a new office or retail space, or even multifamily project.

Photo courtesy of Allen Simon Real Estate Group.

Albuquerque’s Area Plans Will Be Scrutinized

30 Jan 2014, 8:14 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

City Councilor Chuck Wilkins has set a new goal for the beginning of 2014. He wants to bring clarity, simplicity, and coherence in the land-use plans the city has adopted in the recent years by having them re-examined. A series of work sessions will be held in the following weeks to investigate the plans and the proposed changes.

In the respective 12-area plans there are lots of land on which there is chance of future development. These plans set requirements for building height, materials, access management, zoning and infrastructure. The problem is not the existence of these requirements, but the fact that they are not consistent with the zoning ordinance the council approved last May. A pertinent example is the building height: the zoning ordinance restricts the building height to 50 feet, and the area plans limit is at 32 feet, said Wilkins. Land use and access management guidelines are good, he said, but stricter standards are not, and some street access rules could be fixed.

His proposal found supporters especially in the commercial sector represented by an organization present at the meeting. The president of the Albuquerque branch of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Lynne Andersen, said that dozens of similar plans often overlap, causing confusion, frustration and delays for the development projects. NAIOP board member Paul Wymer added that the city’s sector plans increase costs and uncertainty.

On the other hand, councilor Tamara Gutierrez made a point when she said that some of these plans were created with input from residents. She didn’t say “no” to the work sessions, but didn’t agree with getting rid of area plans.

It has not yet been decided who will participate in the work sessions, but NAIOP, businesses and developers are most probably going to attend as they are directly affected by these area plans.

Harley-Davidson Announces Second, 12,000-Sq.-Ft., Retail Store in Albuquerque

22 Jan 2014, 8:32 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Albuquerque proved to be so prosperous an environment for the Harley-Davidson product that a second retail store has been announced to open to meet customer demands. The new location will open in March at 8605 Lomas Boulevard NE.

Industry leader Scott Fischer Enterprises is behind the expansion and named the new store Duke City Harley-Davidson. The space encompasses 12,000+ square feet and is only 10 miles from the sister Harley-Davidson Thunderbird store. It will feature retail space for motorcycles, parts and accessories, and will offer more service bays for customers needing motorcycle maintenance or repair. Currently the site is undergoing renovations and has scheduled two openings in March.

Around 30 employees will be hired for sales and service positions. Thunderbird General Manager Sean Delaney and Assistant Manager Karen Henz will oversee Duke City as well. The store will also share the local Turquoise Trail H.O.G. Chapter.

Community College’s Technology Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

15 Jan 2014, 8:04 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

A $4.5 million renovation has exceeded expectations. The Central New Mexico Community College Advanced Technology Center (ATC) has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. ATC is the third CNM building and the second renovation project to receive the recognition.

“We thought we were going to meet silver requirements with this building,” stated Luis Campos, executive director of CNM’s Physical Plant, in a press release. “The gold came as a surprise. We met all the challenging standards that were required for the gold award.” The revamp works were completed in five months.

Previously a Motorola factory, ATC opened to students in fall of 2011. The renovation decreased the water usage by 30 percent; the restrooms are equipped with low-flow, motion-detecting faucets and water-saving toilets and urinals. CNM also invested in green power by purchasing off-site renewable power.

Tymn Waters is the project manager who coordinated the renovation of the 82,000-sq.ft. building. He stated that 62 percent of the interior architectural elements in the original building were restored, including interior walls, ductwork and steel mezzanines that were recycled as shade structures. In all, more than 1,036 tons of potential construction waste was diverted from landfills. “Blending the old and the new saved cost but was a design challenge,” Waters stated in the press release.

The ATC facility offers 18 career technical education programs, including Aviation Maintenance, Truck Driving, Film Technician, Landscaping, Architectural Drafting, Construction Management and Geographic Information Technology.

Photo courtesy of Central New Mexico Community College.

$8.3M Library Broke Ground in Albuquerque’s Westside

19 Dec 2013, 11:13 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

A new library has broken ground in Albuquerque at the intersection of Central Avenue and Unser Boulevard NW.

HB Construction Inc. is the contractor, and local design company Rhode May Keller McNamara is the architect for the project.

The project raised $8.3 million, through GO Bonds in 2009, 2011 and 2013, and through private donations, Bernalillo County, and the NM State Legislature. “One of the best ways to help bring the gift of reading to our children is our library system,” said Mayor Berry at the breaking ground event. “As City Councilor for district one, I am proud to be a part of this very important project. One of the ways we empower a community is through literacy and education. With the efforts and teamwork of the community, we were able to obtain $8.3 million to make this project a reality in a short time,” Council President Sanchez said.

The development will boost the economy not only through the job openings it will offer, but also through the role it will play in the community, as Council President Sanchez stated:  ”The Central and Unser library will serve as a valuable resource for many of our families to work on school projects, apply for jobs, and stay engaged in community events.  It will also serve as a catalyst to much needed development on the Westside.”

The new library will encompass 25,305 square feet, featuring a 23,250 square feet main level and a 2,055 square feet lower level for advanced mechanical systems. It will include an adult general collections area, adult lounge area, adult computer area, adult reading area, young adult room, three group rooms, children general collections area, children learning center, six children reading areas, children computer area, quiet reading room, community lecture room, storytelling/children’s activity room, administrative offices/operations support areas, restrooms and accessory support/utility rooms.

Construction is expected to be finalized by the end of next year. The Department of Municipal Development will manage the institution.

Photo courtesy of the City of Albuquerque

NextCare Opened its Second Clinic in Albuquerque

12 Dec 2013, 11:10 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

A new urgent care clinic which was a partnership between Phoenix-based NextCare Holdings Inc. and Lovelace Health System opened in Albuquerque. This is the second clinic the two entities opened in the last months. The first clinic had a ribbon- cutting ceremony on Oct. 1st.

“We have received such a warm welcome in Albuquerque and value being part of the community,” said in a press statement NextCare CEO John Julian. “We plan to open additional centers in the Albuquerque area to offer the community more options to receive exceptional health care, in their urgent care needs.”

The firm has planned to open five urgent care centers in the area by the end of 2014. Those additional centers are expected to create around 100 jobs.

The clinic is located at 9551 Paseo Del Norte Blvd., NE Unit D and is open every day of the week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. One new feature of the clinic is WAHOO® (Wait at Home or Office), NextCare’s signature online check-in that allows patients to be seen without waiting in the lobby. The urgent care centers will accept most insurance plans such as Lovelace Health Plans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Molina Healthcare, Medicare, Workers Compensation, and more.

Dr. John Cruickshank, CEO of Lovelace Medical Group and CMO at Lovelace Health System, stated “We are proud to align with one of the nation’s leading urgent care operators. NextCare is known for the same high standards of patient care that is at the core of our values. We look forward to more growth together in the future.”

Photo courtesy of NextCare Urgent Care

Sandia Resort & Casino Announces Contractors for Expansion Project

5 Dec 2013, 10:18 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The Pueblo of Sandia recently announced the two contractors for the expansion of Sandia Resort & Casino. The project is scheduled to begin by next year.

The Sandia Casino dates back to 2001, whereas the seven-story hotel with the relaxing spa and 18-hole golf course were added in 2005. The properties are located 10 miles north of Albuquerque.

The expansion includes a new spa, a golf pavilion and a parking garage on four stories. All are part of  “on-going improvements” to Sandia Resort & Casino and will take approximately one year to complete, according to a news release. Both contractors are from New Mexico.

Jaynes Corp. has been contracted to build the parking garage, while Arviso Okland will develop the new Green Reed Spa and the new Sandia Golf Pavilion. The parking garage will be placed up the north side of the property, and the spa and golf pavilion will be built on the east side of the resort.

The two contractors are expected to hire New Mexico expertise for both projects. “We are excited about these projects and are even more thrilled at the opportunity to provide additional employment for local residents,” said Victor Montoya, governor of the Pueblo of Sandia.

Photo courtesy of Sandia Resort & Casino.

Cree LED Lighting Chosen for Albuquerque’s Convention Center

27 Nov 2013, 9:05 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The Albuquerque Convention Center is in the middle of a makeover with the mission of attracting tourist dollars to the area. Phase I of the project, representing the remodel of the East Complex, was finalized during the summer months, and a facelift of the West Complex is in the works.

A key part of the renovation revolves around energy usage as the Convention Center is one of Albuquerque’s biggest energy consumers. Thus the lighting requirements for the 270,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space were among the prime candidates for the City’s Energy Council Three Percent Program. After a mock-up study of several LED lighting manufacturers, Cree Inc. was selected to install the best solutions based on “the light output, the quality of light and fixtures, the warranty and how they interacted with Lutron in terms of controllability,” said Tony Gurule, energy and sustainability program manager for the City of Albuquerque, in a statement.

“The high-quality illumination delivered by the LED lights makes the ceilings look higher, the restrooms and stairwells brighter and makes all of the colors in the East Complex incredibly vivid. We’re excited to see economic development initiated by this installation and how it will benefit Albuquerque,” added Gurule.

Cree TrueWhite Technology and Lutron Controls are built to reduce the Center’s annual lighting energy consumption to a level below the industry standard of 40 percent to 7.6 percent of the total electrical energy usage for all loads. Among the strategies used are occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting, task level tuning, scene selection and event scheduling. The estimated reduction in annual energy costs is $100,000, and annual maintenance is expected to be reduced by another $120,741.

Albuquerque is not the first city to use Cree LED lighting. Los Angeles and Raleigh are also using the product, and even NASA headquarters in D.C. recently took the Cree LED offer.

Photo courtesy of Cree Lighting

Unfinished Four Points Hotel to be Redesigned as Extended-Stay Hotel

21 Nov 2013, 10:45 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

2007 was a great year for investments. The economy was flourishing and so were those who had a little money to invest, business initiative and the willingness to take measured risks. Nothing seemed to go wrong. Or so they thought.

Chandrakant Patel was breaking ground on a 121-room hotel located at 1660 University Blvd. NE. Close to the finalization of the project, in May 2009, the recession dug a little deeper and his lender, Specialty Finance Group, failed. The project was foreclosed, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over.

Ever since, the building has sat idle, 85 percent built. Albuquerque Business First reports that a group of investors have decided to bring it back to life. Its prominent location, near the Big I Interchange, made this investment attractive to Allen Sigmon Real Estate Group and to Prakash Sundaram, senior vice president of Total Management Systems, a company specializing in hotel consultancy and development. Century Bank was the financier of the acquisition for an undisclosed sum.

The original concept was to create a Four Points hotel by Sheraton, but the new owners have something else planned. The six-story, 103,000-square-foot hotel with a lobby of 7,000 square feet will become an extended-stay facility, and the rooms will be renovated to become a “business class” product. “We’re excited. This is an eyesore at the highest-traffic intersection in New Mexico,” Sigmon stated. “We want to take this eyesore, spend money and create local jobs.”

Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Dreamcatcher Opens 79-Room Hamptons Hotel in the Entertainment District

15 Nov 2013, 7:50 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Albuquerque’s hospitality scene has made room for the fourth Hampton hotel property in the metro area.

Located in the heart of the business, dining, and entertainment district at 4412 The 25 Way, the Hampton Inn & Suites Albuquerque allows guest to easily reach I-25, local restaurants and area attractions such as Cliffs Amusement Park, the New Mexico Rail Runner Train System, several casinos and award-winning golf courses.

The 19th Hampton property in the state, the five-story hotel totals 57,045 square feet. The cost of construction was of $4.1 million, and the developer was Sun Capital Hotels. The owner, who also operates the new facility, is Dreamcatcher ABQ LLC.

The Hampton Inn & Suites Albuquerque North/I-25 offers 79 rooms. Through the brand’s approach to service– “Hamptonality” – guests are provided with helpful suggestions about area attractions and historical facts. Furthermore, the hotels are decorated with local photography and art work, reflecting the connection and support to the community.

The hotel amenities feature free hot breakfast, modern fitness facility, meeting space, and Hampton’s signature Perfect Mix lobby, aimed at being an extension of the guestroom. Guestrooms offer the Clean and Fresh Hampton bed®, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and lap desk.

“Hampton combines quality, innovation, comfort and plenty of value-added extras, making it the brand of choice in the marketplace today,” said in a press release Jay Blount, general manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites Albuquerque North/I-25.  “Quality accommodations and amenities combined with proactive, friendly service from our team members – all backed by the 100 percent Hampton® Guarantee – make us highly competitive in the Albuquerque area.”

Photo courtesy of Sun Capital Hotels Facebook Page.