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The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners adopted the Bridge Boulevard Corridor Redevelopment Plan on Aug. 27, 2013, completing a two-year planning process to engage the South Valley community regarding the future of this vital community roadway and its businesses.

The environmental review is currently being conducted by HDR, and contacts are being negotiated for design of the first phase of the project. Public input meetings will be conducted through the environmental review and design processes.

More project information is also available at www.BridgeBoulevard.com

Bridge boulevard corridor redevelopment plan

Project Contact Information:
Amor Solano, P.E.
(505) 848-1527

Community Outreach

Several methods were used for community outreach in preparing the corridor plan, including: 

  • Thirteen Steering Committee meetings held with the project team, agencies, neighborhood and business leaders
  • Five focus groups held with youth and Spanish-speaking business owners
  • Residential surveys/business interviews identified issues
  • Design Charrette and Report
  • Four community meetings held at different locations along the corridor
  • Neighborhood presentations were made to several neighborhood groups
  • Three County Planning Commission/Board of County Commissioners public hearings

A number of studies were conducted to provide baseline information used in the corridor plan. Links to appendices with studies are provided.

Historic/ Cultural Analysis Report

The history of the South Valley, its people and local economy, El Camino Real and Route 66 are described as well historic properties and national designation of historic acequias.

Market Study/ Feasibility Analysis

This study looked at the existing business climate of the South Valley and the corridor and where retail gaps and leakage occurs. It also identifies methods to help finance redevelopment and create public/private partnerships such as a MainStreet program, metropolitan redevelopment area, tax increment financing, and new markets/ housing tax credits.

Transportation Assessment

This study looked at existing and future traffic, pedestrian/bicyclist, and transit conditions, where crashes occur, and countermeasures to reduce crashes as part of a safety audit. Additionally, intersection designs were modeled and transit alternatives were analyzed.

Zoning Report

This study looked at existing land use and zoning along the corridor to identify any impediments to local businesses and to redevelopment. It compared county and city zoning and opportunities for mixed use/transit-oriented development along the corridor.

Environmental Conditions Report

Baseline environmental conditions are reported including locations of hazardous materials, natural resources; environmental justice concerns are identified.

Corridor Plan recommendations:

The primary corridor plan recommendations include:

  • Main Street roadway alternative
  • Three redevelopment sites
  • Supportive zoning strategies
  • Financing Strategies for plan implementation 

Main Street Alternative

Three roadway alternatives were considered for the roadway between Coors Boulevard on the west and the river on the east.  A preferred alternative was recommended at the design charrette (workshop) then selected after additional community input and includes the following elements:

main street alternative

Conceptual only

  • Stay within the existing right-of-way (possible exceptions may be at major intersections)
  • Provide landscaped medians the entire length of the corridor
  • Provide wider sidewalks, especially in commercial areas, pedestrian lighting, and HAWK midblock crossing signals to make the corridor safer for pedestrians
  • Improve transit frequency with 20 minute headways and enhanced transit stops that include shelters and route information
  • Improve traffic flow, reduce speeds, and minimize conflict points for vehicular safety through the use of:
    • Access management including proper intersection/driveway spacing and medians for safety and better traffic flow
    • Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) such as synchronized/adaptive signals, messaging regarding crashes and alternative routes
    • Intersection design (round-about and/or additional turn lanes where signalized)

Redevelopment Site Concepts

Three redevelopment sites were identified through at the design charrette (workshop) and subsequently refined. 

  • Gateway Village Center encourages a mix of uses that invite visitors to the South Valley, such as restaurants and a growers market.

Gateway map

  • Five Points Village Center encourage a mix of uses that serve the daily needs of neighborhoods such as a grocery store, small shops, entertainment, and restaurants, as well as senior housing.

Five points map

  •  Tower District encourages retail, office, and warehouse uses that will increase South Valley and West Side employment.

Zoning Strategies

Three mixed use (residential and commercial) zones were created to support new transit/ pedestrian development along the corridor: 

Zone Map

  • Bridge Boulevard Corridor (SD-BBC) – similar to C-1 zoning with administrative “opt-in"
  • Bridge Boulevard Village Center (SD-BBVC) at Five Points – similar to C-1 zoning  (The Gateway Village Center falls under the Isleta Sector Plan and the Goff Village Center has city zoning)
  • Bridge Boulevard Tower Employment (SD-BBTED) – similar to C-LI zoning with administrative “opt-in” 

In terms of residential density on the corridor, Village Centers will require a minimum of 12 dwelling units (DU) per acre with a maximum of 25 DU/A.  A maximum of 12 DU/A are allowed elsewhere along the corridor.  Forbuilding height, 3 stories are allowed in the Five Points Village Center and Tower Employment District; 2 stories elsewhere along the corridor.  Building setbacks are parking is encouraged on the side or rear of buildings to create a pedestrian environment.  Parking requirements are more flexible along a transit corridor and allows sharing between adjacent uses.  The plan encourages small retail with a maximum of 75,000 square feet.  Adesign overlay adopted in 2010 for a portion of the corridor was extended its entire length and provides standards for:  building types, walls/fences, lighting, parking, signage, and landscaping.

2010 Design Overlay Plan

Financing Strategies/Implementation

Some of the strategies recommended in the corridor plan are already under way; others have yet to be started:

  • FY 2016-19 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – $24 million in local/federal funding has been earmarked for the roadway reconstruction project
  • New Mexico MainStreet Program (NMMP) has been established
  • Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency (MRA) has been established
  • Local Redevelopment Act (LEDA)
  • Tax Increment Development Districts (TIDD)
  • Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
  • New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC)
  • HUD 221(d4) Loan Guarantee (221d4)

 Updated 4/1/2015

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