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It’s a peaceful place, a hidden gem on Albuquerque’s west side. 

“I think that this is an urban oasis,” said Susan Chaudoir.      

A several acre area that butts up to the San Antonio Oxbow wetlands was once home to a well known couple, Suzzane and Rufus Poole. 

“He was a famous lawyer that did work up on the Taos Pueblo,” said Kevin Dullea.  

Suzanne Poole was an opera singer and actress cast in the original “Guys and Dolls” on Broadway.

“Helped build Popejoy Hall, helped establish the Santa Fe Opera, she was a very big promoter of the arts,” said Dullea.  

In 1958 they built a 6,000-square foot home, right along the Bosque. 

“Suzanne Hansen Poole did feel that her property was a sacred and special space,” said Chaudoir.  

A nearby neighbor, Chaudoir says the home was even designed by famous architect George Pearl, whose UNM School of Architecture is named after.

“She passed away in 2012 and we were shocked that this property was not protected,” said Dullea.  

According to online records, it’s now owned by Daniels Family Properties LLC, and the city confirms  Albuquerque developer Consensus Planning is working on a plan to build 73 homes on the property. 

“It’s cramming in a lot of people in a very small space, and a very precious space,” said Dullea.  

What’s more, the Poole home is not part of the plans. 

“Yes, it’s clear they’re gonna demolish her home,” said Chaudoir. 

Nearby residents have major concerns. 

“That’s going to effect nesting, that’s gonna effect roosting of our sand hill cranes, which we already have evidence that are here,” she said. 

The people who live nearby say they just want to keep the integrity of an area that’s remained untouched. 

“Absolutely beautiful area right here in the heart of the city, and our feelings are it should be preserved,” said Ken, a neighbor.  

The site manager for the proposed project released the following statement to KRQE News 13:
 

Consensus Planning is working with Abrazo Homes on a sustainable neighborhood development plan for the property that includes open space and homesites consistent with the neighborhood. The proposed project is permissive under the current zoning. The development plan will be reviewed by the Cityโ€™s Environmental Planning Commission on November 8th. 

-Jim Strozier

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