An abandoned restaurant sitting at a busy Albuquerque intersection is literally falling apart, and appears to be attracting squatters.
The shell of what used to be the Claim Jumper restaurant at Jefferson and I-25 seems to be crumbling more and more with each passing day.
The patio roof is caved in, the pond is dried up, several windows are broken and there’s tons of trash all over the property.
From a certain angle, the property has almost a post-apocalyptic look, like the remnants of a city that once was. The problem is that it actually sits on a piece of prime real estate.
“Ugly,” “trashed,” and “bad” are some of the adjectives drivers in the area used to describe the sight of the blighted property.
“I think it’s a shame,” one woman said.
“It doesn’t help tourism,” a man said.
Looking at Google images, it’s easy to see just how badly the former restaurant has fallen into disrepair in just over a year’s time. The eatery shuttered in July 2017.
“A call came in yesterday [Sept. 5] and we responded to it immediately. We did have a code enforcement specialist go out and investigate. There were multiple violations,” Carmelina Hart with the City’s Planning Department said.
Claim Jumper’s parent company, Landry’s, says it never owned the building. The current owner, according to the city, is McLeod Realty in care of Savage, Savage and Brown.
“We tried to contact the owners of the property, we did not get a response from them,” Hart said.
Savage, Savage and Brown repeatedly told KRQE News 13 via the phone that it just handles the property taxes for Landry’s and that it is not the owner.
The group did not have the contact information for ‘McLeod Realty.’
The city went out on Thursday and boarded up the property, putting a lien on it for the work.
“It is a prominent intersection, you can see it. And it’s a nice location. So we do want something to be there other than what’s there now,” Hart said.
The city says a hotel chain has put in a application for a permit for the site, but that’s still in the very early stages.