ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The former PNM building is in the spotlight Tuesday as the Bernalillo County commission could potentially determine its future.
"It's got to be a good purchase for the county," Commissioner Debbie O'Malley said.
With a price tag just over the $11 million mark and more than 280,000 square feet, the county may grab it off the market.
"We want to make sure that we are spending money wisely," O'Malley said.
O'Malley, who also serves as commission vice chair, says the move would help the county consolidate offices that are currently scattered all over the city.
"[It would] streamline services, to consolidate departments and to basically make it more customer friendly."
The buy would give the county a whole lot of room.
A new report from Colliers International says PNM's Alvarado Square building on the north side of Silver Avenue SW between Fourth and Fifth Streets makes up 24 percent of vacant space downtown. That's a big chunk of the 31.5 percent of downtown currently sitting vacant.
However, some say convenience comes with congestion, and concerns over parking.
"It would be very nice to have all those things here, but we got to consider the infrastructure around here and make sure it's feasible," Albuquerque resident Rudy Fuentes said while plugging a meter.
"Money is a big issue here for sure, so every penny spent will make someone upset or happy about it," Albuquerque resident Carlos Baca said.
The county isn't releasing numbers on how much the whole move could cost, including moving the offices to a new location.
Baca hopes it just saves money in the long run.
"If they're not going to be saving money on rent, I don't see any reason to see them moving," he added.
A District Court judge has ordered city leaders respond to a petition filed by an animal activist on the city's trap-neuter-return approach of managing feral cats.
Police responded to dozens of weather-related crashes in only a matter of hours Sunday.
A small plane crashed at about 8 a.m. Sunday morning on the Canyon Rim Trail near N.M. 502 and the entrance of Los Alamos.
Sunday night in Albuquerque and around the world people gathered for candlelight vigils to remember the loss of their children.
Department of Agriculture officials are warning customers to not get burned when buying firewood.
Church groups, parents and teachers met Sunday at the 20th annual Albuquerque Interfaith Convention. State education reform was their central focus.