City announces plans to provide relief for suffering downtown Albuquerque businesses

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city is making moves to provide help to all businesses suffering due to closures from the pandemic and recent protests.

Mayor Tim Keller says with bars and the Convention Center closed, downtown is dead and businesses are suffering. Also, after the protests that broke out last month, businesses are seeking help with repair costs. Mayor Keller says the city plans to cover repair costs, as long as businesses apply and are not being covered by insurance.

While the city awaits the go-ahead on reopening, they figuring out short term solutions. “In the short term we’re doing some things like an Art Walk, we still have our Engage Program in which allows businesses to try and open at a very discounted rate, and we also want to again help folks with the repairs that are happening downtown,” said Keller.

The damage from the protests was around $200,000. The city also contracted with local Glass on Wheels to replace broken windows downtown. Businesses that need help can contact the Small Business Office at 505-768-3730 or smallbusinessoffice@cabq.gov.

City leaders also announced new initiatives to use art to activate building still under repair and invest $500,000 in bringing people back to the Route 66 corridor.

The city’s Public Art program is also collaborating with the Economic Development Department and local businesses to coordinate murals and other street art installations in downtown area. Artists may reach out to the Public Art Program for more information at SatelliteGalleries@cabq.gov​, and businesses who want to participate can contact the Small Business Office.

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