The Bernalillo County Commission on Dec. 10 gave initial approval to consider an $11.3 million industrial revenue bond package that will help make a new downtown development, including a grocery store, a reality. The board unanimously approved the incentives for UR 205 Silver, LLC, which is developing a vacant lot at 205 Silver Ave. S.W., near Silver and 2nd Street.
Project plans include a 74-unit multifamily apartment complex, and 22,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial space anchored by an 11,555 square-foot grocery store. The project would create 62 full-time jobs and 150 temporary construction jobs.
Commissioner Art De La Cruz welcomes Bernalillo County residents to visit the "Sol Man - An Energy Superhero" art exhibit beginning Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the Bernalillo County Annex, 415 Tijeras Road NW. The exhibit, created by internationally known Santa Fe artist and educator Nancy Judd and students from Ortiz Middle School in Santa Fe, is made from energy efficiency waste materials. The exhibit will be on display until Jan. 14, 2014.
The first phase of a major renovation project for the Rio Grande Indoor Pool is now under way.
County staff drained the pool Thursday night and construction crews met with project managers Thursday to get the project under way quickly.
The $2.9 million renovation project is expected to last through the spring of 2014. County officials anticipate the pool will be open by the summer of 2014.
Commissioner Art De La Cruz and officials from Admiral Beverage Corporation today cut the ribbon on a massive new warehouse and distribution center that has already brought new economic development and jobs to the South Valley.
Commissioner De La Cruz led Bernalillo County’s effort to provide economic development incentives to Admiral Beverage that made the project possible, including a waiver of impact fees and support for a $30 million industrial revenue bond.
District 2 County Commissioner Art De La Cruz and the Bernalillo County Public Arts Board memorialized and remembered Vietnam veteran Louis Richard Rocco at a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 15.
A dozen years ago, several of Rocco’s South Valley comrades raised money through donations to have a bust created that would memorialize their friend. The art piece was eventually donated to Bernalillo County and a stone pedestal made to accompany it. The memorial is now permanently displayed in the memorial park at Westside Community Center.
Bernalillo County’s Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled community meetings to generate and gather input, ideas and solutions for the future of Westside Community Center.
The goal is to develop a long-term plan for renovation and expansion of the Westside Community Center and neighboring facilities, including the Teen Activity Center, basketball park, Westside Park and Sanchez Farms.
Bernalillo County’s Open Space Program is wrapping up the final events of 2013 this month with a free Backyard Farming workshop and an art show where participants can help create an installation art piece.
Enroll! in Medicaid or insurance under the Health Insurance Exchange. Get a free flu shot. Attend the “Community Education and ENROLL!” event on Saturday, November 16, from 8 to noon, at Albuquerque’s Westside Community Center at 1250 Isleta Blvd., SW. Health insurance information sessions will be held at 9 and 10 a.m. On-site enrollment counselors, health agencies and advocates all morning. Free child care and refreshments.
News release courtesy of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
PRETREATMENT FACILITY GROUNDBREAKING
$31 million PTF marks milestone in sewage plant rehab
Led by Chairman Art De La Cruz, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority broke ground Oct. 29 on a new $31 million Pretreatment Facility (PTF) at its Southside Water Reclamation Plant.
“This is the largest single component to date of the Water Authority’s ten-year, $250 million rehab of this plant,” De La Cruz told reporters gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony. “It represents the Water Authority’s commitment to bring this plant up to 21st century standards for the sake of the environment and to the surrounding community.”
The new PTF will replace the existing facility and serve as the first point of treatment for all of the sanitary sewer flow from the Water Authority’s 300-square-mile service area. Currently, the plant treats about 54 million gallons of wastewater a day.
De La Cruz, County Commissioner for District 2 and Chairman of the Water Authority Board, said the new PTF will be more technically advanced and more energy efficient.
“It will have improved screening capture and odor control, and will enable a greatly improved working environment for the plant’s operation and maintenance staff,” he said. He added that after 27 years of operation the old facility is at the end of its useful life.
The estimated completion date for the new PTF is the summer of 2015, with Water Authority Principal Engineer Phil Morris serving as Project Manager. The new facility was designed by CDM Smith and will be constructed by PCL New Mexico.
PHOTO: Groundbreaking—County Commissioners Art De La Cruz (second from left) and Debbie O’Malley (third from left) join with Water Authority staff and Angela West (left), president of the Mountain View Neighborhood Association, to break ground on the Water Authority’s new $31 million Pretreatment Facility. The project is the largest to date in a planned 10-year, $250 million overhaul of the Southside Water Reclamation Plant, which treats all of Albuquerque’s municipal sewage.
Bernalillo County Commission Vice Chair Debbie O'Malley, Commissioner Art De La Cruz, and Albuquerque City Council Vice-President Ken Sanchez joined members of the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters Random Acts, and Fire Chiefs from Bernalillo County and Albuquerque Fire Departments, to receive 21 handmade quilts from the Jemez Mountains Bear Paw Quilt Guild.