City to host public meeting on Albuquerque BioPark ‘Penguin Chill’ exhibit

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – In just a few weeks, the city will break ground on its highly anticipated penguin exhibit. But first, they’re holding a meeting for nearby residents Thursday night.

The city is warning nearby residents that the noise from construction might be a burden, and they want to meet with everyone first.

In a few weeks, the city will demolish the “Tropical America” exhibit to make room for the new exhibit called “Penguin Chill.” It will house three species of sub-arctic penguins.

The city says it will be the biggest construction project since the elephant area about 10 years ago, coming with a price tag of $12 million. With a project like that, there is bound to be construction crews, trucks and more.

To make sure everyone is on the same page, the city will be holding a public meeting in regards to what they’ll be seeing construction wise.

“And it’s significant enough that we want to make sure the surrounding neighborhoods aren’t caught off guard with various trucks and heavy equipment moving into the BioPark,” said Gilbert Montano, the mayor’s Chief of Staff.

Neighbors and businesses will get to ask questions about the construction plans and provide input.

The public meeting will take place Thursday, November 17th at the Barelas Senior Center in Albuquerque from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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