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Downtown Neighborhoods Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monthly Meeting
May 1, 2013

The May 2013 monthly meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval.
Board members in attendance: Holly Siebert, Rick Miera, Miriam Ortiz y Pino, David McCain, Curtis Hunt, Chan Graham, Dick Deichsel, Ric Higginbotham, Bob Yuhas, Melanie Lewis, Sue Brych, Rowan Wymark and Margaret Connealy. Two board members were absent. Seven other neighbors also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.
Board Chair Reba Eagles was unable to attend so Vice Chair Sue Brych called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Introductions were made. The agenda was approved. The April 3 minutes were approved.
Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of April, income was $285.00 and expenses totaled $183.49. The April 30 balance was $26,088.54. The report was approved and is on file.

There was no officer present from APD and no police report.

Chan Graham gave a progress report on the history project, including some examples of photos of residents by their houses and some of the histories. Bernadette Miera (with Bernalillo County Cultural Services) was at the meeting and Chan thanked her for the grant and her assistance.

As discussed at the April 27 board retreat, Miriam Ortiz y Pino met with Ann Lerner (768-3283) with the City. They discussed filming in DNA and the City’s general policy on filming in neighborhoods. The policy recommends that neighborhood associations receive $100 per day during filming. The crews must obtain a permit in advance and notify households in the area that filming is scheduled. There are also negotiating guidelines for homeowners when film companies ask to use interiors. Ric Higginbotham said that there seemed to be a consensus that DNA would follow the City’s guidelines and there was no objection.

Ric Higginbotham reported on two facilitated meetings he had recently attended, representing DNA. The first involved a proposed mixed upscale residential and commercial project near Laguna and Central in the Huning Castle neighborhood. Huning Castle has negotiated several compromises from the developers and is in favor of the project. The next hearing is scheduled for Thursday, May 9 at 8:30 a.m. Miriam Ortiz y Pino moved and Rowan Wymark seconded a motion to send a letter of support for the project.
Ric also attended a facilitated meeting regarding the proposed Silver Moon Workforce Housing apartments at 10th and Central. The developers intend to break ground in July. They have requested an advisory group of neighborhood people, but have made no compromises on density or parking. Ric recommended the book Walkable Cities.
There were no other zoning issues to discuss.

Bob Yuhas that he will assemble neighborhood crime statistics for the Safety Committee.

Miriam Ortiz y Pino solicited suggestions for evening events for the Downtown Discovery Club. She suggested a movie night and Rowan Wymark said the Kimo has scheduled a series of Hitchcock films and a Stanley Kubrick series. The Project Committee will meet at Miriam’s, 819A 12th NW, on Monday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. Potluck.

Curtis Hunt reported that a draft final report on traffic may be available in two weeks. There are no more scheduled meetings on the report unless DNA or other neighbors want to discuss issues in the draft.

Rowan Wymark (Communications Committee) announced that articles for the summer newsletter should be submitted to her ( by the middle of June. Rowan will edit and Chan Graham will design. The newsletter is scheduled to be mailed in mid-July, in time to announce the Neighborhood Night Out in early August.

Holly Siebert (Care Committee) announced that the annual Neighborhood Night Out is scheduled for Mary Fox Park on Tuesday, August 6.

Dick Deichsel announced that the Curb Appeal award for May is the Foster home at 224 14th NW. For June it will be the Tellis home at 303 12th NW.

Anna Muller announced that the first weekly Growers Market of the season will be Saturday, May 18 at Robinson Park, 8th and Central. There are still “abbreviated” Saturday markets on Gold between First and Second thru May 11.

Rowan Wymark said that Café Miche has taken over P’tit Louis at 3rd and Gold. She also believes that Lee Gamelsky is proposing a second version of a residential project on 8th between Marquette and Roma. As long as he needs no variances, the project would not come before DNA.

Nick Gentry (415 11th NW) described the poorly maintained rental property next door to him (409 11th NW?). The property is owned by Antoine Predock, the architect whose offices are at 12th and Marquette. Curtis Hunt said that Predock has rentals in the 300 block of 12th that are also not well kept up. Curtis volunteered to talk to his neighbors on 12th and try to get signatures for a letter to Predock.

Ric Higginbotham announced that a new round of hearings on the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system will begin on Tuesday, May 7.

Bernadette Miera, with the County Cultural Services Department, discussed the history project grant with Chan Graham. She also discussed and distributed brochures describing services offered by the Department of Senior Affairs (764-6400,

The meeting was adjourned at 8:27.

Respectfully submitted,
David McCain