Presbyterian Hospital is pulling the plug on a proposed medical center between the Bosque and the busy Coors Corridor.
Neighbors had complained about the project, and it appears they have won the fight.
Neighborhood associations in the area were worried the three-story clinic would block views and create a traffic mess. Now, Presbyterian is backing off with its plans.
For months, the hospital was eyeing a wide open lot along the Bosque — on Coors and Learning just south of Montano — to turn it into a three-story emergency and Urgent Care clinic.
Presbyterian was seeking a zoning change from the city’s Environmental Planning Commission to put a medical center in the residential-commercial area.
“Everyone knows Albuquerque is growing and things are going to expand and things are going to be built. It’s what development is all about,” said the city’s planning and zoning spokesperson, Carmelina Hart.
The area has already dramatically changed in the past decade, with a Sprouts popping up and a
luxury apartment community nearby.
Locals worry a clinic would cause more traffic and obstruct views of the Bosque.
“I see that there’s a lot of traffic around here, so maybe that area wouldn’t be the best spot,” said resident Analycia Ruiz.
Fierce resistance from the Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association has now paid off.
Thursday’s zoning hearing was canceled, with a Presbyterian spokesperson stating they are now looking to build somewhere else.
However, with no hospitals nearby, some people say a clinic in this part of town would be convenient for many families.
“I think it’ll help some people if they don’t have the means to get somewhere a little bit farther because the next Presbyterian is way up Coors,” said resident Nicholas Ragel.
Presbyterian says it’s shifting its attention to a new location but would not say where.
The Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association declined to comment about its victory.
The proposed complex on Coors near Montano had two separate buildings — one for emergency care, and the other for Urgent Care.