The Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency promotes redevelopment (both housing and commercial) in distressed neighborhoods.
This is accomplished through strategic planning, creating Metropolitan Redevelopment Areas, working with community groups and leaders to establish their priorities, purchasing property for projects that can act as an anchor for other new development in the area, issuing Requests for Proposals to develop the City owned property and then setting up public/private partnerships where the private sector is the developer.
Metropolitan Redevelopment Areas
For access to detailed, interactive, on-line information for designated Metropolitan Redevelopment areas please check the City of Albuquerque's GIS website.
Albuquerque's Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency is responsible for infill development in established Metropolitan Redevelopment Areas (MRAs), and in accordance with the Centers and Corridors approach to development outlined in the Comprehensive Plan and the City of Albuquerque's goals. The Centers and Corridors concept provides a rational framework for the efficient allocation of public and private resources, concentrating on land uses for greater efficiency, stability, image, diversity and control. MRAs and Centers and Corridors are the areas where problems caused by lack of investment and deterioration have created the need for special intervention on the part of the City. The Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency promotes the development of neighborhoods through housing and commercial revitalization. To accomplish these goals, we work closely with community organizations, neighborhood organizations and developers. The Agency utilizes resources of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Fund and Federal Community Development Block Grants, as well as other funds that include local and state capital funds.
A major impediment to restoring sites to their former economic usefulness can be environmental issues. Whether real or perceived, older neighborhoods suffer from blighted conditions caused by properties that have deteriorated to a point that they are too costly to redevelop. The City's Brownfields program is aimed at identifying and remediating environmental contamination on project sites, such as Old Albuquerque High School, the Bell Trading Post and the Hyder Property, as part of the redevelopment process. The program is ongoing and funded by grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
When a municipality has complied with the provisions of the Redevelopment Law [3-60A-5 to 3-60A-14 to 3-60A-18 NMSA1978] concerning public hearing and designation of an area as a metropolitan redevelopment area, it may prepare a metropolitan redevelopment plan; however, prior to final consideration of the plan by the local governing body, the plan shall be the subject of at least one public hearing held by the mayor or his designee, or the municipal planning commission, at which time comments from the public as a whole can be gathered and considered by the municipality in its preparation of the final plan.
The local governing body shall hold a public hearing on a metropolitan redevelopment plan or substantial modification of an approved plan after public notice thereof by publication in a newspaper having a general circulation in the area of operation of the municipality. The notice shall describe the time, date place and purpose of the hearing, shall generally identify the area covered by the plan and shall outline the general scope of the of the metropolitan redevelopment project under consideration. Prior to the public hearing on this matter, notice of the public hearing shall be mailed by first class mail to the owners of real property in the metropolitan redevelopment . The mailing shall be to the owner's address as shown on the records of the county treasurer. If the notice by first class mail to the owner is returned undelivered the municipality shall attempt to discover the owner's most recent address and shall re-mail the notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address.
Following the public hearing, the local governing body may approve a metropolitan redevelopment plan if it finds that:
- the proposed activities will aid in the elimination or prevention of slum or blight, or the conditions which lead the the development of slum;
- a feasible method is included in the plan to provide individuals and families who occupy residential dwellings in the metropolitan redevelopment area, and who may be displaced by the proposed activities, with decent, safe and sanitary dwelling accommodations within their means and without undue hardship to such individuals and families;
- the plan conforms to the general plan for the municipality as a whole;
- the plan affords maximum opportunity consistent with the needs of the community for the rehabilitation or redevelopment of the area by private enterprise or persons, and the objectives of the plan justify the proposed activities as public purposes and needs.
A metropolitan redevelopment plan may be modified at any time; however, if the plan is modifed after the lease or sale by the municipality of real property in the project area, the modification shall be subject to any rights at law or in equity a lessee or purchaser , or his successors in interest, may be entitled to assert. Any proposed modification which will substantially change the plan as previously approved by the local governing body shall be subject to the requirements of this section, including the requirement of a public hearing, before it may be approved.