ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A $9.5 million luxury apartment complex set to open next month in the heart of Nob Hill is now just a burned out shell.
The Albuquerque Fire Department says the fire is suspicious, it started in multiple places. Fire crews are working Wednesday to determine what caused the fire, which is still unknown.
People stood by speechless, starting at what’s left of the complex that towers over the intersection at Central and Carlisle.
“The Carlisle,” a luxury apartment community in Nob Hill was under construction, and condos were already on sale. It was a three-story building with 34 units described as “chic.”
“I’ve been looking at it pretty much since it started, this is my daily routine, and it was really exciting to see it go up,” said a Nob Hill worker.
Others haven’t been so happy with the project.
“I’ve had to walk out in traffic for months just to get around the construction cause they haven’t left a side walk,” said one resident.
Officials say the loss is devastating.
“This is a huge loss for the Nob Hill community, this structure was a part of our revitalization effort and bringing it back, and to have it gone just a few weeks from opening, is just a huge blow to the neighborhood,” said Pat Davis, Albuquerque City Councilor.
City Councilor Pat Davis spent Wednesday morning with fire crews going door to door at nearby homes and businesses.
“To be sure that they had their utilities hooked back up appropriately, and that they had been safe,” said Davis.
Firefighters said there are multiple ignition points, but they were able to protect the surrounding homes and businesses. No injuries were reported.
But seeing what’s left has many wondering if it will be rebuilt.
“It was really exciting, it was something that Nob Hill really needs right now,” said one resident.
KRQE News 13 reached out to developers to see if the structure will be rebuilt, but have not heard anything back yet. The city says its hopeful it will be, and plan on taking the remaining structure down as soon as possible.
Drivers are being asked to avoid the area, as Central between Carlisle and Hermosa is closed. The north and southbound lanes of Carlisle have also been shut down from Silver to Central.
The Albuquerque Fire Department says Raging Shrimp and Electrical-Mechanical have been evacuated and will remain that way at least through the weekend due concerns of the building collapsing.
According to firefighters, the complex is a total loss. The fire is out, but crews are monitoring the area for any hot spots that may rise.
Some neighbors are already calling what’s left of the complex a dangerous eyesore in the neighborhood.
The City’s Planning Department couldn’t give a time frame for when it would all get cleaned up. They said AFD has to first complete its investigation.