ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The city of Albuquerque is working on revitalizing downtown, making it safer for everyone. The city and Mayor Tim Keller find that all large prosperous cities also have a bustling downtown area. They believe downtown Albuquerque has potential.
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Mayor Keller refers to downtown as the heart of the city, but says he needs to be safer. First, the city plans to lower the speed limit throughout the area and correct the police presence in the city center.
They sold the Rosenwald building at Fourth Street and Central to a company that plans to build condos. This agreement includes a rental agreement with the Albuquerque Police Department to transform part of the first floor into a substation. Agents hope the condos will help build more relationships with downtown citizens.
“Being right downtown, being visible, having a place where people can walk to file a police report or ask for services or help is just going to make us much more efficient,” the officer said. Therefore Williams of the Albuquerque Police Department.
The city center patrol that the city currently has will move from the transit center to the Rosenwald building once the renovations are complete. They are also planning to change shifts for APD to rework working hours so that agents are away during rush hours from the downtown bar. In the past two months, agents in the city center say they have responded to 31 fights and 47 arrests for DWI.