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Jul 16

July 2014 Newsletter

Academy Acres North Neighborhood Association Inc.

►Dave Coles a  City of Albuquerque Facilitator was inquiring  as to whether or not we would want a facilited meeting for the newest additions to the Dey Rey Property. No neighborhoods have shown interest in a meeting about an issue already signed and delivered to the EPC by the City of Albuquerque. The suggestion was made to have the facilitator enter our comments into the record. The following is a copy of the email I sent him.

Dear Dave Coles:

We recently received notification about planned and approved developments for the Del Rey Property. The additions will include the Santa Monica Place Resort Lifestyle Communities and the Santa Monica Place Senior Assisted Living/Memory Care.

Our concern all along has been on how these developments will impact traffic through the Academy Acres North Neighborhood and the ability to get in and out of our neighborhood safety especially during rush hours.

A traffic impact form was filled out in the spring of  2011 for the Santa Monica Place Development. Proposed were 12.4 acres of R-2 Multi Family Residences and 10.8 acres of R-2 Senior Transitional Living Apartments. This proposal would have used approximately one half of the total Del Rey Tract.  The Traffic Impact Form stated a Traffic Impact Study was boarderline and not required for the zoning change. The premise was the development would not impact traffic any more than the existing Del Rey mobile home park with 240 mobile homes. This is a false assumption. Everyone living nearby knows the blighted trailer park had no more than fifteen to twenty trailers for the last twenty years. Instead the Broadstone Santa Monica Apartments were built occupying one fourth of the property with a capacity of 240 apartments. The apartment complex is contributing far more traffic to the area than the mobile home park ever did. Other factors not considered were the additions of homes to the north side of Academy Acres, a post office, two apartment complexes, condominiums, a church and a storage facility.

Over the years nothing has been done to San Antonio Blvd in the areas of San Pedro and Louisiana to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion especially during rush hour periods.  In addition Academy Acres North will be impacted by the traffic through our neighborhood from the Del Rey developments traveling south to San Mateo Blvd shopping, restaurants and medical facilities. The streets most likely affected will be Louisiana, McKinney, Forest Hills, Barnhart and Harper. At this point in time I have not heard of any plan to mitigate the traffic through school zones or any part of our neighborhood.

Thanks for soliciting my comments.

Sincerely

Jacob Tellier

►Councilor Winter is hosting a picnic with Mayor Berry at the North Domingo Baca MGC Social Hall Wednesday July 23, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The center is located at 7521 Carmel Ave NE.

►There will be a vehicle identification number etching event Saturday July 26, 2014 from 9:30AM to 2:30 PM at Sportsmans Warehouse. The address is 1450 Renaissance Blvd NE, the event will be held in the rear parking area. VIN etching is an excellent deterrent to auto theft.

►I have not heard back from PNM with regard to beginning a project for upgrades to our street lights. Our street lights are forty years and old. We need the best current technology available. A request was also made to add some street lights on Pan American Street especially in the area of the Borealis Arroyo where pedestrians have to walk in the street.

►If your block is organizing a National Night Out event on Tuesday August 5th I have attached a letter containing the details and deadlines to register with the Citizen Contact Center at 311.

Sincerely

Jake Tellier

Academy Acres North Neighborhood Association Inc.

abqaanna@gmail.com