Downtown Albuquerque Data Book

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Data, statistics, and information on Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico provided by the downtownabq mainstreet initiative |

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ALBUQUERQUE & DOWNTOWN DEMOGRAPHICS P O P U L AT I ON Albuquerque’s greater metro area populaton just exceeds 900,000 residents, and is growing at 1-2% annually. The total population within 3 miles of the downtown core is 92,972 living in 38,637 households. DI V E RS I T Y Downtown’s high diversity index (79.7) exceeds the US average diversity index of 63.5, meaning that your neighbors are a broad and eclectic mix of ethnicities and races. ( L A NG U A G E & e t h n i c i t y Over 20% of Albuquerque’s population is bilingual; nearly half of the population is of Hispanic/Latino origin. (;


DEVELOPMENT Reta il M ar k e t Downtown retail space totals 615,694 square feet, up from 568,538 square feet. In 2015, 22,554 square feet of retail were added to downtown’s inventory. (Q4 2015; O f f ice M a r k e t With average leasing rates for commercial spaces averaging $20.25 per square foot for Class A and $14.96 per square foot for Class B, Albuquerque has some of the most affordable commercial office space in the country. Downtown offers 3,158,324 square feet of office spacein close proximity to both Interstates 25 and 40. (Q4 2015; En ergy New Mexico ranked 6th in crude oil production in the nation in 2014, and 6th in utility-scale electricity generation from solar energy. New Mexico’s residential, commercial, and industrial energy prices as of December 2014 were up to 12.63% lower than comparble rates across the nation. In 2014, wind energy contributed 7% of New Mexico’s electricity generation from a dozen operating wind farms. Our abundant sunshine gives the state some of the nation’s best solar energy potential. The number of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities in New Mexico is increasing, including large corporate PV installations. (

Tax Benefits Continued tax cuts and growing state revenues have improved the state’s tax climate, lowering the tax burden in New Mexico to its lowest rate in 20 years. New Mexico ranks #1 in property tax ranking according to The Tax Foundation’s 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index Ranks. The state is also in the process of phasing down its corporate income tax rate from 7.3% to 5.9 percent by 2018. New Mexico’s individual income tax system consists of four brackets with a top rate of 4.9%. The top rate ranks 35th highest among states levying an individual income tax. New Mexico’s state and local tax collections per person were $595 in 2013, which ranked 38th highest nationally. ( Util ities Inf rastructure Albuquerque is the crossroads of the 12,000 mile National LambdaRail (NLR), the “network of networks” and a national, advanced optical network running both N/S and E/W. There are no restrictions on usage or bandwidth. The downtown network is fed from two different locations on the utility company transmission system (Public Service Company of New Mexico, or PNM), minimizing disruptions in service by providing two feeds.




Th e 2 0 30 D i s t r i c t Downtown Albuquerque is one of the first 10 cities- among the likes of San Francisco, Denver, and Seatlle- to commit to meet the energy, water, and transportation emissions goals as designated by the 2030 Challenge for Planning. By the year 2030, these districts strive to improve building performance around the nation in a public-private collaboration. Albuquerque will use the High Five Certication Program to achive these goals, which is a customized program for commercial buildings that tracks property performance against outcomes specific to the city. (

The Innovation Corridor Albuquerque’s innovative spirit is growing with a burgeoning entrepreneurial hub called Innovation Central ABQ. The center features Central New Mexico Community College’s STEMulus Center, business incubator FatPipe ABQ, and business development incubator WESST, among others. (

11 civ ic p l a z a : In addition to programming and amenity funding procured by the DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative via a $200,000 “Heart of the Commuity� grant from Southwest Airlines, Civic Plaza is expected to receive major upgrades from the City of Albuquerque, including an interactive, family-friendly water element, additional shade structures, improved access, and programming efforts. (;

entertainment district The City of Albuquerque broke ground this fall on a $38.5 million entertainment district called One Central, located at the corner of 1st & Central downtown. This mixed-use project will feature destination activities like a bowling alley, coffee shops, taprooms, and restaurants, as well as apartments and parking garage. (

al buquerque publ ic school s In the past ten years, Albuquerque Public Schools has invested over $50 million in Downtown schools.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT HIGHLIGHTS th e im p e r i al b ui ldi n g : The Imperial Building is approximately 120,000 square feet with a 11,500-square foot grocery store, 74 apartment units, and one level of underground parking. It was created, built and funded by a collaborative vision involving Mayor Berry and City staff, Geltmore LLC, and YES Housing. The total amount of retail (including the grocery store) is 23,285 square feet. The apartments are a mix of studios (9 units), one bedroom (54 units), and two bedrooms (11 units) apartments, of which 80% of the units are made available at subsidized rents, and the remaining 20% are market rate rentals. The apartments are 100% occupied and the retail space is 77% leased. The development was financed with a mix of Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits, County Issued Industrial Revenue Bonds, and City Workforce Housing Trust Funds. The building, designed by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, has a robust rain water collection system onsite: a 24,000-gallon cistern collects rainwater from the rooftop to irrigate 100% of all landscape on the project, including the rooftop community garden. (

al buquerque rapid transit (aRT ) A nine-mile section of Central Avenue connecting the city on its East-West axis will soon be home to Albuquerque’s ART, or bus rapid transit line, which will connect multiple neighborhoods and destination points like Old Town, Uptown, the BioPark, Nob Hill, and Downtown. The project features dedicated lanes and prioritzed signals at stations, and also increased walkabaility and pedestrian access along the route. Projected service date is slated for the end of 2017. (,



this map depicts development opportunities along Central Avenue. The green illustrates conceptualized new development, while the pink illustrates redeveloped structures along Innovation Corridor. Complimentary efforts promise to turn this segment of Central Avenue into ground zero for Innovation and Entrepreneurialism within a well-connected, mixed-use built environment that stretches from downtown to the University of New Mexico. Map courtesy of Perkins & Will

DOWNTOWN INCENTIVES a s tat e -a ut h or i z ed A rt s & Cult ura l Di st rict, Downtown is able to tap into beneficial incentives such as enhanced historic tax credits for the rehabilition of historic structures. A goal in utilizing these incentives is rehabilitating adaptive reuse of historic structures for live/work space and space for cultural enterprises. ( Dev e l op m e n t P r oce ss Downtown provides some of the lowest city development fees in the region, giving a competitive advantage over suburban sub-markets. It is also impact fee free, a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area incentive to encourage downtown development. According to, “Albuquerque’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency is responsible for infill development in established Metropolitan Redevelopment Areas (MRAs)...The Agency promotes the development of neighborhoods through housing and commercial revitalization.” Downtown also has the city’s most streamlined development approval process, particularly its form-based code that establishes an easy four-step process to development.(




LIVE | WORK | PLAY Co s t o f L i vi n g According to Albuquerque Economic Development, the cost of living composite index is 95.2, well under the national average. (Comparitively, Boston stands at 146.0 and Denver stands at 108.7.) Reasonable housing costs and general prices made the city one of’s “Top Places to Build Wealth.” ( CO M M UT E & T R A N S PORTA T I ON Albuquerque was ranked the “13th Best Commute City in the Nation”, and the average commute is 25 minutes ( Downtown is also the most walkable neighborhood anywhere in Albuquerque, with a WalkScore of 65 (walkscore. com.) Public transit abounds, and the “D” ride offers free transit downtown. The construction of the ART (Albuquerque Rapid Transit), slated for completion in 2017, will also increase an already-robust transportation network. The RailRunner has a downtown station and connnects riders from Santa Fe all the way to Belen. The newly-launched BICI bike share also provides bikes on demand throughout downtown, and soon through the Central Avenue corridor ( H ea lth C a r e Within 2 miles of downtown are 5 hospitals and 6 health care centers, including The University of New Mexico Medical Center, the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the state.

housing As of September 2016, the median home value is $172,300. Home values have gone up 3.4% over the past year and are predicted to rise 3.6% within the next year. Downtown has added significantly to its housing stock within the last year: recent developments at 517 Gold, the Anasazi, Casitas de Colores, and the Imperial Building Apartments, among others, have added to this inventory. The median gross rent is an affordable $798 monthly (; chil dren Downtown is home to five preschools and eight public schools, including acclaimed Amy Biehl High School and the dual-language Coronado Elementary School. Warehouse 508 is Albuquerque’s Youth Art and Entertainment Center and offers a safe, structured and supervised facility to young adults with programming and events that are youth focused. The Dow ntow n Grow ers’Market just completed its 20th season at Robinson Park. The market attracts nearly half a million visitors each year, and features live music and locally-grown prduce, hand-crafted goods, arts, and more. (


LIVE | WORK | PLAY work force Downtown’s workforce is 36,982 within a one mile radius of the downtown core. The Albuquerque metro area has added 12,800 new jobs since Economic Recovery Began in 2012 ( M a jo r E m p l oy e r s The City of Albuquerque, County of Bernalillo, and other state and federal government offices employ nearly 14% of the downtown core workforce. In addition, the following employers and industries are located downtown: • CenturyLink • Social Security Administration • Molina Healthcare • PNM, headquartered downtown, has 2,100 employed in New Mexico • Over 100 law offices within a 1/2 mile of the downtown core • Headquarters of the McCune Foundation, The Kellog Foundation, the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Geltmore, LLC, and Albuquerque Business First • Technology sector, including data storage facilities • Services industry, including legal, hospitality, & health sectors, that account for over 45% of downtown employees

Banking Downtown is the financial center of the State, with Bank of Albuquerque, Wells Fargo, Compass BBVA, Bank of America, New Mexico Bank & Trust, Bank of the West, Sunrise Bank, US Bank, and US New Mexico Federal Credit Union branch locations and headquarters located downtown. Al buquerque Convention Center Located in the heart of downtown and only 5 miles from the airport, the Convention Center completed a $20 million facelift in 2014. The 167,000 total square foot facility can accomodate groups as small as 10 or as large as 2,300, supported by 1,300 hotel rooms and 15,000 parking spaces wtihin walking distance. ( Al buquerque Convention & Visitors B u r ea u The downtown-headquartered ACVB is your resource for locating attractions, finding the perfect restaurant, or securing accommodations. (

21 Th e F il m I n d us t ry New Mexico offers outstanding incentives to production companies, which has helped generate broad interest in the state for movie and television filming. Albuquerque Studios, located 10 minutes south of downtown, is a 28-acre, $74 million state-of-the-art motion picture and television production facility with 8 sound stages and 168,000 squate feet of space. 1-25 Studios has 6 sound stages, 20,000 square feet of nealy renovated production, office, and executive office space, and additional amenities. Filming directly impacts New Mexico’s economy. Total economic output generated from production spending alone is estimated at $1.53 billion. In addition, production activity generated a further $591.5 million in indirect and induced spending. Film and television production activity generated an additional $228.7 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) through indirect and induced impacts. Total employment created from production spending is estimated at 15,848 full-time equivalent employee positions. Film production activity has produced an estimated $0.43 in state and local taxes ($0.33 in state taxes and $0.10 in local taxes) for each dollar in production incentive granted. And, many of these films and TV shows are filmed right in downtown Albuquerque. (

albuquerquE... ...Ranks in the “Top 10 Best Cities to Live in 2009” (U.S. News & World Report) ...Is one of the “Top 10 Best US Cities for Local Food” (Huffington Post) ...Was named “One of the Best Cities for Families” (Parenting Magazine) ...Was named “One of the Best Cities for Families” (Parenting Magazine) ...Is one of the “Top 10 Cities for Aspiring Filmmakers” (Film Industry Network) ...Is one of the “Top 25 Arts Destinations in the Country” (AmericanStyle magazine) ...Has one of the “Most Iconic Regional Food in America” (Our green chile, from USA Today’s ...Is among the “Top 25 Places to Go in 2013” (Fodor’s Travel) ...Is the “6th Best Large City for Arts” in 2011 (AmericanStyle Magazine) ...Is one of the “Top 25 Most ‘Eventful’ Cities” (eventful. com) These and more at

LIVE | WORK | PLAY H o s p ita l i t y With 28% of the City’s hotel inventory, downtown captures the hotel market. AirBnB and VRBO are also popular options in the area. • H ot e l An da l uz : LEED-Gold certified; 107 rooms & rooftop bar; originally built by Conrad Hilton in 1939 & renovated in 2008. ( • Doub l e T r e e by H i lt on H ot e l: 295 rooms; adjacency to Convention Center; flexible meeting space that accommodates up to 300 people. ( • H yat t R e g e n cy: Steps from the Convention Center; 400-rooms; Forque restaurant and rooftop pool. ( • H ot e l B l ue : Renovated in 2008; 140-rooms; free shuttle service to Convention Center, airport, train station, & Old Town. ( • H ot e l Pa r q C en t ra l: 74-bed, pet-friendly boutiqe hote; features 5,300 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space and rooftop lounge. ( • Dow n t ow n H i s tori c Be d & Bre a k fa st s of Albuq ue r q ue , Guest rooms and cottages in a historic setting.(

L ocal Attractions & Events Downtown is just one mile away from the founding area of Old Town, filled with boutiques, restaurants, and the oldest building in the City, San Felipe de Neri Church, built in 1793. The BioPark and Zoo, Rio Grande, and adjoining Bosque are all accessible via bike from downtown. Ten minutes north is the world’s longest tram that rides up to Sandia Peak, the city’s highest point at 10,678 feet. The International Balloon Fiesta attracts more than 600 balloonists and is the largest ballooning event on the planet. CUISINE Downtown is home to over 100 restaurants, many of them locally-owned and featuring a variety of cuisines. New Mexicans pride themselves on the chile that infuses the regional cuisine. We are, after all, the only state with an official question - ‘red or green?’ - that refers to your chile of choice.

23 O u tdoor S pac e Albuquerque is second only to Anchorage, Alaska for open space per capita, with nearly 29,000 acreas of city land as open space. Petroglyph National Monument features stone drawings on volcanic rock of ancient peoples. The Sandia Mountains are a haven for hiking, mountain biking, running, skiing, and rock climbing. In downtown, there are 12 public parks, 2 dog parks, Rio Grande Valley State Park, Wells Park Community Center, 2 public pools, and a bike boulevard connecting them all. Just ten minutes south is the Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge, offering 570 acres of protected land for the enjoyment of the public in the state’s most densely populated area. (



THE ARTS & CULTURAL DISTRICT Be l ed by c r e at i ve force s. Albuquerque’s downtown is home to a unique array of assets, including artists, designers, filmmakers, galleries, museums, theaters, musicians, music venues, city festivals, restaurants, food trucks / kitchens, breweries, coffee shops, and creative entrepreneurs living and working in both formal and informal spaces. The Arts & Cultural District, made up of roughly 30 blocks in and around the Central Avenue corridor, was officially signed into being in 2016 with the support of Councilor Isaac Benton and the City Council, Mayor Richard Berry, the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services and Economic Development teams, the New Mexico Department of Economic Development and NM Mainstreet program, the NM Arts Commission, and the NM Department of Cultural Affairs Arts and Historic Preservation Division. Among the goals of the district: • Supporting and promoting existing creative work • Growing a strong creative identity, internally and externally • Unlocking unused or underutilized space • Stimulating a range of funding opportunities • Increasing visitors to the district Learn more at








516 ARTS 516 Central Ave. SW • 505-242-1445

ABQ UNM CityLab 505 Central Ave. NW • 505-277-2903 CityLab


ACE Barber Shop


April Price Projects Gallery



109 4th St. SW • 505-242-7735

201 Third St. NW, Suite G • 505-247-0073

The Box Performance Space 114 Gold Ave. SW • 505-404-1578

The Cell 700 1st St. NW • 505-242-1445


Central Features


CFA Downtown Studio


Downtown Contemporary Gallery

109 5th St. NW • 505-243-3389

114 4th St. NW • 505-277-2112

105 4th St. SW • 505-363-3870

10 Exhibit/208

208 Broadway Blvs. SE • 505-977-0085


KiMo Theatre & Gallery 421 Central Ave. NW • 505-768-3522

12 Pacific Exhibits

215 Gold Ave. SW • 505-737-8261

13 Richard Levy Gallery Aaron Noble, Quantum Bridge, © 2013

514 Central Ave. SW • 505-766-9888

14 Sumner & Dene

“For some quality culturevulturing, park along Albuquerque’s legendary main artery, Central Avenue, near Fifth Street, and start walking... and you’ll realize that this is one of the hippest places in the state to check out contemporary art.”

516 Central Ave. NW • 505-242-1445

15 tART exhibition space 105 Gold Ave. SW • 505-243-2230

16 Tricklock Performance Laboratory 110 Gold Ave. SW • 505-254-8393

— New Mexico Magazine

City PUBLIC ART 17 ASI Harwood Mosaic*

NE corner 2nd & Tijeras Convention Center, East Building

18 Convention Center Public Art Collection 100+ works of art Tijeras betw 2nd & 3rd

19 John Davis

A Stop on the Rio Grande 1st betw Central & Gold, Greyhound Bus Station

20 Yamilette Montoya Duarte

Center of the City Centennial Project 123 4th St. NW

21 Rico Eastman Centric Shear 1st & Lomas

22 Jeanette Entwisle

Presto 5th & Copper, inside parking structure

23 Gilberto Guzman

The Harvest 5th & Copper, parking structure

24 Larry Bob Phillips*

Signs of the Times mural 1st betw Central & Gold, Century 14 Theatre

25 Aaron Noble*

Quantum Bridge mural 1st & Marquette, Warehouse 508

26 Ramsey Rose

Gridlock 5th & Copper, parking structure

27 William Viehlehr

Metal Paper 5th & Copper, Main Library

28 Tom Waldron

Cone 10 6th & Copper, Main Library


29 Ernest Doty

We Exist Somewhere Between Limbo and Purgatory 2nd St. betw. Central & Gold, Century 14 Theatre

30 Thomas Christopher Haag

Totem of the New Ancient Ones 2nd St. betw. Central & Gold, Century 14 Theatre

31 Thomas Christopher Haag

Trinity: (the way things ought to be) 516 ARTS, 516 Central SW, entrance

32 Larry Bob Phillips Brainbow Alley Alley betw. 5th & 6th, 516 ARTS, 516 Central SW

33 Raymundo Sesma*

Campo Expandido VIII Silver & 8th, Flying Star Parking Lot

34 Chris Stain

Conductor 2nd & Tijeras, Santa Fe Pacific Trust

35 Joe Stephenson*

The Mother Road: El Camino de los Caminos 2nd betw. Central & Gold

36 Kevin Zuckerman* Echoes of the Future 2nd betw. Central & Copper

FOOD & DRINK 38 Al’s Big Dipper

501 Copper Ave. NW • 505-314-1118

39 Anodyne

318 Central Ave. SW • 505-224-9119

40 Asian Noodle Bar

318 Central Ave. SW • 505-224-9119

41 The Brew

311 Gold Ave. SW • 505-363-9453

42 Café Bien

400 Central Ave. SW • 505-246-2436

43 Café Lush

700 Tijeras Ave. NW • 505-508-0164

44 Civic Plaza Market

Tijeras betw 3rd & 5th (Wednesdays, May-Nov)

45 Downtown Growers’ Market Robinson Park, Central & 8th (Saturdays, May-Nov)

46 Espresso Fino

222 Gold Ave. SW • 575-779-6078

47 Firenze Pizzeria

900 Park Ave. SW • 505-242-2939

48 Flying Star Downtown

723 Silver Ave. SW • 505-244-8099

49 Forque Kitchen and Bar VIEW FrOM thE traIn:

37 WElls Park raIl COrrIDOr MUrals:* Jamison “Chaz” Banks Inland Empire: A Suspended Animation

Frank Buffalo Hyde Patternation

Nanibah Chacon She Taught Us to Weave

Nettrice Gaskins & Laurie Marion Augmented Reality for Open Spaces

David Leigh Mirrored Robots

John McClendon

330 Tijeras Ave. NW • 505-843-2700

50 Gold Street Caffé

218 Gold Ave. SW • 505-765-1633

51 Java Joe’s

906 Park Ave. SW • 505-765-1514

52 MAS & Ibiza @ Hotel Andaluz 125 2nd St. NW • 505-923-9080

53 Sister Bar

125 2nd St. NW • 505-923-9080

54 Sushi King

118 Central Ave. SW • 505-842-5099

55 Zendo Art + Coffee 413 2nd St.. SW • 505-926-1636


Larry Bob Phillips Trance Dance and Dualities * Murals created with students engaged by organizations including 516 ARTS, ASI, CNM, Explora, Harwood Art Center, Warehouse 508 and Working Classroom Michael Sanchez, Travel Through ABQ: Downtown, © 2011

Published by Downtown ABQ MainStreet Initiative ( and 516 ARTS ( Printed February 2015

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ABOUT US We a r e t h e DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative, a community redevelopment organization that has been State-designated since 2008. Our mission is to promote and support downtown’s economic, social, and creative vitality through community-driven projects and programs. A revitalized and vibrant downtown is a symbol of community economic health, local quality of life, pride, and community identity. This includes: • Promoting and supporting downtown’s economic, social and creative vitality including its image and appearance through advocacy, projects and business development. • Supporting local Main Street projects in the City by providing economic development and design assistance, business consultation, and monitoring. • Ensuring progress in all areas of the Four Point Approach: Downtown Design, Economic Positioning, Promotion and Organization. • Utilizing the Department of Economic Development as a resource center for the City in downtown revitalization techniques, and to provide advice and technical assistance whenever possible to downtown property owners and tenants.

• Attending, conducting, and/or sponsoring seminars and other educational programs concerning development, redevelopment and improvement of downtown areas. • Promoting and encouraging the implementation of more effective, comprehensive legislative and financing techniques and devices that will further the revitalization of downtown. • Providing a forum for citizens to share knowledge, experiences and problems for the purposes of developing programs which will better and address issues related to downtown. • Increasing public awareness of the benefits of having an economically strong downtown. • Facilitating communication and co-operation between all sectors representing downtown, including, but not limited to, business, service and retail, property owners, public institutions, residents, and the public. • Assisting and guide private/public entities in the implementation of the “Downtown 2010 Master Plan”.

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Image Credits:, the Downtown Growers’ Market, Zoya Dixon, David Silverman, Josh Shriner, Dan Majewski, Damian Lopez-Gaston, Mike Brocklehurst, Tim Trujillo, ABQ Ride, Perkins & Will, Deep Space Coffee, Working Classroom, Marble Street Studio, and 516 ARTS