An Albuquerque city councilor is proposing a multigenerational center be built on the Westside to fill what she calls a void in resources and activities for kids and seniors in her district.
“We don’t have anything like that in this district,” City Councilor Cynthia Borrego said. “We have over 45,000 people that live in this area so the need is very, very huge. I mean, we need to be able to provide places for our seniors and our youth to go.”
City council on Monday will vote on acquiring a 9.1-acre section of land off Coors and Ellison for the multi-generational center.
“You have knitting and all sorts of activities for seniors but you also have activities for the youth in terms of keeping them busy and after-school programs,” she said.
It’s part of a much larger master plan for that land, that will also include a library, pool and senior housing, all approved by voters last October through a GO Bond.
“The land has already been purchased for [the senior housing and library], so now it’s just about going to the legislature for help and asking other resources so we can start the development,” she explained, adding the senior housing mostly come from federal funding.
In that master plan, $2.7 million is appropriated for the multi-gen center for resources Borrego says are few and far between in her district.
“We only have Paradise Hills, which is a county center, but besides that, we have nothing,” she said. “This is kind of the new age of combining services when there’s dwindling resources.”
There are just two other multigenerational centers across the metro, in addition to six senior centers.
Borrego hopes if the council approves the land acquisition and she can work with the mayor’s office to find a project manager, that the project can be finished in three years.
Borrego says the $2.7 million doesn’t cover the whole multi-gen center project, and that she has approached the Department of Municipal Development about finding an additional $300,000 in funding.