ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – An Albuquerque neighborhood association wants the city to demolish an old dilapidated house in the South Broadway neighborhood. However, the house is marked as “culturally significant” and neighbors fear the city might step in. The house was built in 1906 and represents the architectural style that was popular in Albuquerque at the time, but it is starting to show its age and the neighbors want the town to do something about it.
The paint has faded, the windows are smashed, the roof is collapsing, and the porch barely seems to hang on. These are just a few of the notable issues with this home located off Arno Street and Pacific Avenue in the South Broadway neighborhood of Albuquerque. “Is this the kind of reputation you want in your neighborhood? Asked South Broadway Neighborhood Association president Frances Armijo.
The neighborhood association said the abandoned house is an eyesore that has also become a safety issue and is asking the city to demolish it. “It’s a fire hazard, there’s no better way to describe it,” Armijo said. “It’s dangerous and the neighbors are worried if this house burns down, their house will leave with it.
The association is concerned that since the house is designated as being of cultural significance, it could prevent the city from intervening. However, the city said otherwise. “It doesn’t really change the way the code enforcement really handles these things with any property, whether it’s historically significant or not,” said Brennon Williams of the city planning department.
The city said that with houses designated as culturally significant, there are more hoops to go through. Overall, they want to work with the owner to correct any wrongs before they consider convicting them and before they come to their last resort: demolishing it.
“We want to do whatever we can to make sure the house can be productive again,” Williams said.
For the inhabitants of the district, the historic house has lost its luster. “Seriously, you want homes where kids can walk down their streets and be proud of their neighborhood,” Armijo said. “It doesn’t give us much when you see houses like this. I would just like to see it demolished.
KRQE News 13 contacted the owner of the house but was unable to reach him. The city said law enforcement will be home to inspect it for any violations.