ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Tucked away not far from the Albuquerque International Sunport, sits the Valley View Villas.
“There’s a lot of parties going on down there,” said one UNM student.
That’s a common thought among University of New Mexico students, when they think of the student housing not affiliated with the university.
“It’s kind of a fun time,” said another student.
The gated complex formerly known as “The Cottages of New Mexico,” houses over 700 students. But it’s been riddled with out of hand parties, fights, burglaries and much more since they first opened their doors in 2014.
“You couldn’t even walk down the street without hitting people, it was kind of like a riot on the main street,” said Haley Mitchell who lived at the complex when a party of hundreds of people erupted in the streets of the apartments.
The weekend after, a fight broke out and led to a shooting. Two years later, with a new name and new management, students said the same issues are still there.
“I’ve had a few friends that had their stuff broken into,” said one student.
But Albuquerque Police Spokesperson Fred Duran said the number of calls to service at the complex have significantly gone down. In the past three months, Duran said they’ve responded to 66 calls, in the same span of time last summer, he said they had over 100 calls.
“I was hanging out with a friend there the other night, and you know it looked a little bit different, it has a new name, but they still have one and a half stars on Google,” said a UNM student.
Duran said the new owner is to thank for the drop in crime, saying he lives on the property, evicts anyone causing problems, and has an APD detective and a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy living on site patrolling the grounds.
The property is now managed by Pierce Education Properties based in San Diego. Their Senior Vice President of Marketing Maureen Lannon said they’ve also changed their security company, added crime prevention events, and extended hours of security coverage.