SRNA Success! Congratulations to Betty Smith and Anne Hickman on their persistence and follow-through on an eye-sore and fire hazard along Copper. Here is the story:
In April 2013, members of our neighborhood noticed and were concerned about the amount of tall dead trees and shrubbery in the backyard of a house on Paseo del Sol that backed onto Copper Blvd. Because the dead vegetation was just inside the concrete wall along Copper, it represented a dangerous fire hazard. It would have been very easy for someone walking by on the sidewalk to start a fire by throwing a lit match over the wall.
The neighbors wanted that area cleared of all hazardous dead plants. Betty sent a letter of request to the Mortgage Company which held title to the property. SRNA officers contacted the City.In March 2014, Councilman Don Harris, through his assistant Michael Horanburg, got the City's Strike Force to attack the problem. They arrived on a weekend with a U-Haul truck on Copper, and a crew working in the backyard to remove the dead vegetation. That work continued the next day. Hurray! It is now cleared out, and no longer can debris be seen from Copper!
Gateway 66 Project: According to Michael Horanburg of Don Harris' office, this low-income housing project of NewLife Homes did NOT get tax credits from the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. That means the project will not happen in 2014. According to Michael, NewLife said it plans to go after it again in 2015.
Earlier in the year, the City of Albuquerque Council voted $1,800,000 to New Life Homes (a developer) to initiate funding to build a 76-unit, very low income ("affordable") project at 13001 Central Ave NE (next to Comfort Inn, across from Singing Arrow neighborhood). In February, the developer New Life Homes will be seeking State of NM money for their project. Don Harris indicates he must keep at a distance as the project is within zoning for the area. However, almost no public presentations or discussion occurred until March 2014.
Concern: This area along Central has a very high density of low-income housing and a very high incidence of APD calls for service. While New Life isn't responsible for residents' behavior, some folks believe that this is not the sort of "redevelopment" we'd like to see along the Central corridor. Commercial businesses are closing (e.g., Carl's Jr, cafe) and, as some have experienced, aggressive panhandlers seem to be increasing in numbers. Will this project help or hurt? Click here for a slick flyer on the project, and here for their community outreach letter. Related, perhaps is this summary of crime statistics (2013) for Singing Arrow neighborhood.
John Bloomfield, Exec Dir of NewLife Homes, oversees several similar developments in Albuquerque and addressed the Coalition meeting Thursday 16 Jan 2014 (6:30-8:30 at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center). John noted the following about the Gateway 66 Project: "...there are a number of national studies that demonstrate the important role affordable housing plays in economic recovery, particularly in areas undergoing disinvestment, and the positive impact LIHTC projects have played on adjacent property values. I hope to be able to share this information with the community at the Spring meeting. As I said at the [city] meeting, this is a long process, probably a year out, and we look forward to working with you and building relationships on this and other initiatives that can best assist our neighborhood."John Bloomfield, Executive Director
P.O. Box 51055, Albuquerque, NM 87181
Phone: 505 293 7553 Fax: 505 293 7049
SRNA Officers Elected: At the October 2013 SRNA meeting: (held Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1 pm at Providence Presbyterian Church), the members present elected the following officers:
President: Kathleen Schlinder-Wright
Secretary: John Raess
Treasurer: Ken O'Keefe
Board at large: Anne Gilstrap
Board at large: Ahmed Assad
Board at large: Sherry Gaines
[Note: the officer position of secretary changed in 2014]
Doug Young of the Mountain Bike Trail Club spoke about their organization and the efforts to maintain trails in Open Space. He suggests you visit their web site at fooMTB.org The Club will be supporting a clean-up day in Open Space in April on Earth Day.
Questions? Contact Kathleen Schlinder-Wright.
September 2013 SRNA meeting: The meeting was conducted by Kathleen Schlindler-Wright and Ken O'Keefe. Attendees were supportive of revitalizing the Association. Accordingly, the Neighborhood Association will again be active, after a hiatus of several years. An annual meeting is required, as well as officers and filing with the State Taxation and Revenue Dept, and notifying the City's Neighborhood Association Coalition.
First order of business is to acquire a new post office box for SRNA business. [Note: after the meeing, Kathleen was able to establish a new P.O. box: Box 50247.] Two attendees indicated their willingness to serve on the Board: Ahmad Assed and Shawn Taylor. If other neighborhood residents are interested in running for the Board as well, they are requested to contact Kathleen.
Other speakers included our incumbent 9th District Councilman Don Harris, and his opponent in the Oct 8th election, Lovie McGee; and an APD representative from our local Foothills Substation.
We are hoping to reunite victims with their property as quickly as possible and following the instructions
- Were You Burglarized Last Year? [from Jill Garcia, APD] The APD Foothills team has recovered a large amount of property stolen in multiple burglaries committed throughout Albuquerque. The recovery was made on Friday, January 10, 2014.
If you were a burglary victim in 2013 and have not had your stolen property recovered, instructions on how to make arrangements to view the property APD officers recovered:
- Call the Foothills Substation at (505) 332-5240 to request an appointment with one of our Impact Team detectives.
- Have your police report case number with you when you make the phone call to set up the appointment and bring it with you to your appointment.
- Don’t have the case number or report? Our front office can staff provide that to you when you make your initial call to set up your appointment with a detective.
listed above will help our staff and detectives assist you through the process.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist
Foothills Area Command, Albuquerque Police Department
12800 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Blue Recycling Carts: your residence should have received the new 97-gallon City Blue Recyling Cart during Spring 2014. If you would like to swap out your 97-gallon blue recycle cart for a much smaller version, call the city at 311. To see what material can be placed in recycle carts, check here. You can drop your old phone books into your blue cart. No plastic bags or greasy pizza boxes in the cart, please! FAQs on the program.
Black Bears: What is the correct action to take if you come across a bear or other predatory animal in New Mexico? The correct answers (pdf files) are here and here.
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Last updated 18 October 2014 by Webmaster, SRNA