‘It’s a city showpiece’: City considers new property rules to keep character of Old Town – KRQE News 13

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s one of the few parts of Albuquerque the city wants to keep stuck on the past. Albuquerque is looking at a new list of rules to make sure Old Town property owners and tenants keep the area looking the same.
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Old Town is a unique spot for Albuquerque locals and visitors. “So much culture and so much new Mexican style,” said Anna visiting from New York.
“Just walking around it’s just a whole different environment really,” said Jeff, also visiting from New York.
The city wants to keep it that way. “It’s a city showpiece. It shows our culture and we want it to show, still maintain that old-time Old Town charm” said Leslie Naji, the city’s Historic Preservation Planner.
So, the city is considering new guidelines for Old Town for property and business owners.
“We always have a problem with people being like well I didn’t know I had to do anything and it’s really hard to kind of get people to change things after they’ve done them,” said Naji.
While it has rules now, on things like stucco and making sure security cameras are discreet, the new 22-pages of rules are far more detailed than way existed before. Naji said some of the biggest changes include banning shade sails and requiring shade structures to match the time period of Old Town.
It also requires paint jobs to adhere to a certain color palette and bans murals like two new ones near the revamped Plaza Don Luis. “There are some historic murals that have been there for many many years and those will not be affected but some new things have been going up that would be contrary to the painting requirements,” said Naji.
The city said it’s ready to work with any property or business owners in Old Town looking to make changes.
“Our intention is to create coherent and cohesive old town experience and we want people to come into it and experience and feel like yeah, they’re looking at the way our community was you know, 100 years ago,” said Naji. “We want to work with applicants. If they come to us first, we can help them get to what they’re wanting in a way that builds upon the characters and qualities of the neighborhood.”
The city’s Landmark Commission will vote on the new rules on Wednesday. If approved and no appeals are made, the rules would go into effect after 15 days.
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NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Cooler and windier will arrive by the middle of this week as an upper-level disturbance moves across the state Tuesday into Wednesday.
Temperatures were still well above average across all of New Mexico Monday afternoon but were kept a few degrees cooler than this weekend in southern and eastern New Mexico thanks to a blanket of high clouds. These upper-level clouds will clear out overnight, but more cloud cover will move in from the west Tuesday morning. Skies will be cloudier across the state Tuesday as an upper-level disturbance moves in. This trough will send a Pacific cold front through the state Tuesday night and send a backdoor cold front through eastern New Mexico Wednesday. These cold fronts will bring temperatures back closer to and below average again for this time of year.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A handful of signs have popped up around Albuquerque, welcoming people to the city. However, the placement of the signs has left some people scratching their heads.
The five new welcome signs come with a $400,000 price tag, paid for by taxpayers. One of the signs near the South Valley has sparked a firestorm on social media.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city is coming out of yet another violent weekend. On Monday, Police Chief Harold Medina with the Albuquerque Police Department broke down where most murders in the metro are happening and more importantly, what APD is doing about it.
A series of shootings at parties and a constant crime problem at Albuquerque motels are keeping APD’s homicide unit busy. “Those are still some of the trends we’re seeing… number one parties, number two some hotels,” said Medina.

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