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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

February 7, 2018


The February 2018 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held in the library of Lew Wallace School, pursuant to prior approval.


Holly Siebert called the meeting to order at 6:50 p.m. Board members in attendance: Alice Bergman, David McCain, Lucas Elliott, Asra Ahmad, Minerva Camp and Holly Siebert. For the first time in at least six years, the meeting began without a quorum so no votes could be taken. The board currently has thirteen members. Fourteen other neighbors and guest speakers attended.


Introductions were made.



Jen Frieson with APD reported that our area had an increase in auto and home burglaries in January. She reminded the meeting to lock vehicles and not leave valuables in plain sight. 87% of vehicle burglaries had valuable targets in plain view of the thief.



            Wristen Paschich described the project his firm is proposing for three vacant parcels on 14th just south of Granite. The proposal is to build three detached residences, each approximately 2000 square feet and 11/2 stories. The project needs a small variance for lot size and a variance of 17 feet from the required 50 feet standard for the width of the lots. Paschich distributed a site plan but had no elevations or other design information. Alice Bergman said that she had seen a previous design that she considered “too modern”, but Paschich said the revised concept is much different. There was a discussion of whether the width of the houses (23’4”) is too “skinny”.

David McCain said that we could conduct an email vote on the site plan only, making it clear that DNA has not seen any version of elevations or the design concept. No vote could be taken without a quorum present but there was a consensus to conduct that email vote.



            Asra Ahmad reported that all but one house has been finalized. The Lew Wallace children are starting their drawings of homes on the tour. Asra is arranging event insurance and food trucks. County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley has arranged for publicity flyers to be inserted in water bills. Rowan Wymark is organizing restaurants to give discounts to people who have their tour wristbands. The next potluck meeting of the Tour Committee will be Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 at Margaret Connealy’s house, 801  14th NW.



            Daniel Gutierrez arrived at 7:40 so there was now a quorum present. The February 7 agenda and the January 3 minutes were approved. The treasurer’s report was approved: for the month of January there was no income and no expenses. The January 31 balance was $22,536.03.



            The annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 6:45 pm at the Harwood Art Center (7th and Mountain). Harwood staff will set up a sound system. Café Lush will provide food. Holly will be at Harwood around 6:00 and other board members are asked to arrive early to help set up. Minerva Camp said that we should solicit suggestions for neighborhood projects. Katie Doyle said that DNA should consider sponsoring block parties.




            Alice Bergman reported that there are two additional zoning issues: Consensus Planning is representing a proposal for a Redevelopment Bond for the block bounded by 3rd, Roma, 4th and Lomas. The bond is an essential first step for a tax abatement. The existing office buildings and parking structure will remain office and parking and be “improved”. The significant change would be to the surface parking lot at 3rd and Lomas. The developers are proposing to build 174 apartments/condos, with a mix of owner-occupied and rental. All units would be market rate with no credits for low income housing.


The second zoning issue involves 910  8th NW. The house was recently sold and the advertising on said that the property could be used for commercial purposes, even though the house is clearly in a residential area. There was a long discussion of the obligations of realtors to properly describe the zoning of a property.


Daniel Gutierrez and J. J. Mancini reported that there were no new developments regarding trees.


There was a discussion of the County history grant. We need to establish a timeline after the tour. Minerva Camp said we need some “new blood” homeowners who have recently moved into the neighborhood.


Chan Graham said that he is giving a talk about the history of Downtown at the Special Collections Library (Edith and Central) on Wednesday, May 9, probably at 7:30 p.m.  Daniel Gutierrez moved and David McCain seconded a motion to sponsor the lecture and ask that Chan promote the Mother’s Day Tour during his presentation.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:35.


Respectfully submitted,

David McCain