Megachurch says city is taking their property to build shopping center

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Legacy Church is a busy spot. Nearly 500 people flock there a few times a week, which means a lot of people trying to get in and out of the parking lot at once.

“We fill and empty this parking lot at least three times a week, not counting weddings, funerals and other things that we do on a regular basis,” said Scott Baird, Legacy Church Board of Directors.

They have two driveways on Wyoming, one just north of the church,and one just south of it, bordering a massive dirt lot. The city is on board to build a shopping center on that land.

“We’re not opposed to development. We actually like development, and we’re glad this is going to be developed,” said Scott Baird

However, the church says there is a problem with this development.

“They’re going to make us close, so the developer next door can have a driveway so we’d essentially lose ours,” said Baird.

The city disagrees, saying the driveway will just be moved a little.

“It’s going to be realigned. It’s going to move to the south just a little bit to line up with Gutierrez which is the street to the east,” said Brennon Williams, City of Albuquerque Associate Planning Director.

That would make it a shared driveway for the shopping center and the church. Legacy believes that’s a recipe for chaos, while the city believes the church has no reason to worry.

“Based upon all of the information that doesn’t appear, we’re not anticipating there being a problem,” said Williams.

Legacy is currently working on the appealing the decision. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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