The city of Albuquerque is already looking at projects that are going to be on next year’s ballot.
Departments across the city came up with a wishlist that includes everything from upgrading parks and major roads to building a multi-million dollar homeless shelter.
The $126.2 million G.O. Bond Program for 2019 has most of the funding going to fix roads and community facilities, including $3.5 million to update APD’s Southeast Command Center at San Mateo and Kathryn; and $1 million for more shade structures at city parks.
Then, there are the big ticket projects.
Family and Community Services said $7 million would upgrade a winter homeless facility near the Double Eagle Airport to be open year round until the city builds at least one centrally-located shelter.
“When we do build one or more shelters, we’d like those to add up to 450 beds,” Deputy Director of Housing and Homelessness Lisa Huval stated. “We don’t have enough emergency shelter beds in our community right now.”
Plus, nearly $6 million in the program would go toward Mayor Tim Keller’s mission to redevelop the Rail Yards.
Meanwhile, there are many of big road projects listed, including the widening of Westside Boulevard, a stretch of road near Unser just before getting into Rio Rancho.
“It’s an important road. It’s used quite a bit and it just needs more infrastructure to accommodate more traffic and that’s a priority for us,” Johnny Chandler with the Department of Municipal Development said.
On Thursday, the Environmental Planning Commission will review these recommended projects, then they – along with the mayor’s recommendations – will be taken to city council in January.
They still have the option to change some of the projects and the price tags.
Then, voters can weigh in at next year’s municipal election.