ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – As the legislature draws nearer, the city is putting together a long wish list of tens of millions of dollars for projects across Albuquerque. The wish list is currently seven pages long and contains projects the city has been hoping for for years.
For more than a decade, Councilor Klarissa Pena has been pushing for the five-mile stretch of Coors from Central to Gun Club to be overhauled. She thinks the time is right and wants $ 10 million from lawmakers to make it happen. “It’s really important that we add the necessary public safety features there,” said Pena.
It’s just one project on the city’s seven-page wish list. There are the usual calls for more money for community centers and parks and for the completion of the Paseo del Norte. They also ask for funding for new projects. Like the landscaping of Montano between Taylor Ranch Road and Unser.
“In this way, we can curb much of the speeding, but also try to improve the quality of life for our residents,” said City Councilor Lan Sena.
The same goes for Odelia between Broadway and University. Neighbors have been complaining about road racers for years. Councilor Isaac Benton is also keen to rework the grubby pedestrian tunnel that connects the heart of the city with the eastern city center. He wants better lighting, panels that block out traffic noise, and possibly a sound system.
There is also a call for funding for a new Holocaust museum, an African American museum, and an Asian community center. This is a work list and will be reduced in the coming weeks.
Unlike in recent years, the city is not charging any money for a football stadium. In the past two years, the city has asked lawmakers for more than $ 43 million for various projects and has received $ 9 million.