An old house in Downtown Albuquerque will stay put for now, after the city denied its demolition. The house has been on the corner of Coal and 6th street for more than 50 years, now a developer is being told they cannot tear it down, because of its historical and cultural significance.
The blue home, now surrounded by apartments looks out of place, but it once served as a boarding house for people coming to Albuquerque to work at the railyards. Nobody has lived in the 24-hundred square foot home for at least twenty years. Now the doors are boarded up, windows broken, and the city has declared it a substandard dwelling. Still, on Wednesday evening the City’s Landmarks Commission denied the developers request to tear the house down, saying it’s still in good condition and should be preserved.
The city says they’ve been working with the property owners on potentially relocating the building, which the Downtown Neighborhood Association says is the better option. “It does have some history, perhaps the city has another historic lot they could put it on,” said Ron, R.C. Casias, the President of the Silver Platinum Downtown Neighborhood Association.
The cost to relocate hte home would be between $150-thousand and $200-thousand. The city’s planning department says they expect the developer to appeal the landmark commissions decision, if they do it’ll go in front of council by spring for their decision.
Once a decision is made the county is hoping to purchase the property to build a veterans center with housing, and services like case managment, employment help, therapy and behavioral health services.