City Council looks to improve downtown arts, culture scene

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque City Councilors are scheduled to take action on a plan that could help improve the downtown area.

It’s one of the key decisions on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting.

The Downtown Arts and Cultural Plan: “Multitude of Riches: A Blueprint for the Creative Development of Downtown Albuquerque” basically sets the groundwork for a vision of sprucing up the streets downtown to help support growing arts, cultural and creative activity.

The city council has long called for a city center that features vintage and modern buildings, local businesses and cultural amenities, all of which are safe, easily accessible, and pedestrian friendly.

The city envisions opportunities for improvement happening within a five-square mile area bordered from Broadway to 10th Street, and Cole to Lomas.

District 2 Councilor Isaac Benton says this plan is a potential great addition to Downtown.

The city has already received a $35,000 grant from the State Economic Development Department’s Main Street Program to form the blueprint and move forward.

Councilors are also expected to finalize selling bonds approved by voters back in November.

This basically puts the money in the bank for a number of city projects, including the redesign and rebuilding of the Albuquerque Police Department’s Southeast Command Center. That APD Command Center project could begin as early as this summer.

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