Albuquerque solicits interest for Rail Yard redevelopment
New Mexico – The city of Albuquerque issued a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) on April 3 from developers and businesses seeking a public-private partnership (P3) to redevelop the first phase of the Historic Albuquerque Rail Yards.
The Rail Yards Master Plan’s mission is to revitalize the Historic Santa Fe Atchison & Topeka Steam Locomotive Repair Facility into a vibrant district within the city’s urban center focusing on the preservation of the industrial-era monuments and celebrating the communities surrounding them.
Firehouse at Historic Albuquerque Rail Yards
Specifically, the RFEI is seeking expressions of interest to develop and lease the 1.1-acre Northern Entrance Rail Yards parcel that includes the former repair facility’s Firehouse, Waste & Paint Room, Pattern House, and the area between these buildings.
City goals for this project are catalytic activation of the Rail Yards, contribution to Rail Yards Master Plan (RYMP) goals, site synergy, and inclusion of local, small, minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprises.
Per the RYMP, the Firehouse and Waste & Paint Rooms are on Parcel 9, which is zoned for commercial, retail, restaurant, service, housing, and public uses. The Pattern house is on Parcel 10, which is zoned for business professional uses, office, light manufacturing, training/education, and retail.
Development of the site is one phase of the larger 27-acre Rail Yard redevelopment project. The city is actively investing in the Rail Yards by conducting environmental remediation activities, extending utilities, planning for bike and pedestrian connectivity, and creating public spaces such as the Rail Yards Plaza, which opened in 2019.
RFEI applications are due by 3 p.m. MT July 17.