We’ve been busy this year. Here’s a summary of what’s happening around the office; scroll down for some more details on cool projects!
- The establishment of a weekday, day-time Civic Plaza Market (Wednesdays on the Plaza from 11-2pm!)
- Continuation of our pop-up retail and tART temporary art initiatives
- The installation of LED-lighting along Central Avenue
- A Central Avenue beautification day courtesy of a $1,650 grant by Keep Albuquerque Beautiful & Bud Light
- Daily management of the Downtown Growers’ Market
Street Tree Program
This year alone we have replaced over 35 dead or dying street trees along Central Avenue and in neighboring areas of the BID! In addition to providing shade from the sun and offering a welcoming environment for pedestrians, street trees add to property value and encourage a sense of ownership and safety. Street trees also:
- Reduce emissions, smog, and green house gasses
- Improve air quality
- Reduce the urban heat island effect
- Abate noise
- Increase psychological well being
- Improve aesthetics & provide a sense of community
- Provide an area for wildlife habitat and bird nesting
- Assist in storm water attenuation
- Enhance the pedestrian environment
We launched our Pop-Up Initiative in the Summer of 2013, and have since hosted nearly a dozen pop-up shops to local artists, crafters, businesses, and entrepreneurs. We have activated a storefront that has been empty for years with energy, art, products, & people; increased pedestrianization; and helped spur the local Downtown economy. Our program is still running strong due to your interest, your hard work, your enthusiasm, and your support! Help us continue to deliver exciting & innovative pop-up shops to Downtown Albuquerque. Shop local!
Do you have an exciting idea, product, or brand you want to test? Do you have an established business and want to test a new downtown location? Grow your business and transform Downtown’s storefront vacancies into vibrant and exciting retail adventures. Pop-ups:
- Use a temporary vacant storefront from 1 week to 1 month as a place for online, local entrepreneurs to host a bricks-and-mortar shop
- Utilize an economic alternative to full-scale retail set-up
- Generate a marketing buzz
- Test new brands, products, concepts, and markets
- Gain valuable consumer feedback and insights with relatively little investment (without a long term lease)
- Move/unload inventory
- Target a niche audience
- Aggressively market merchandise around a ﬁnite period of time, season, or holiday
- Tap marketing support by DAT and its alliance of Downtown partners
Submit a one page application with your idea (project, brand, product and photos) and if selected, we’ll help match you with a great, rent-free retail or gallery space. This project is on-going and evolving. Follow us @PopUpABQ for frequent updates, shop openings, and more. View our Standards Package for floor plans, display requirements, and more.
Downtown Grocery Store
The Downtown Action Team has been instrumental in bringing a mixed-use grocery, retail, and residential facility, slated for completion the Autumn of 2014. The property will be a four story mixed use development consisting of 63,824 square feet located along Silver Avenue between 2nd and 3rd streets in Downtown Albuquerque. 205 Silver Avenue will be home to the only grocery store in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque.
A mix of studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom flats, plus several two story two bedroom/two bathroom loft apartments for a total of 61 rental units promoting high urban density housing featuring several unit configurations. 21,840 square feet of prime retail space with 16’ tall ceiling heights to maximize day lighting of the interior space and reduce HVAC cooling loads. The building has two single story wings to accommodate the installation of the ventilation equipment required for restaurant kitchens. Stay tuned for more grocery and retail updates!
Alvarado Urban Farm & Veteran’s Project
The Alvarado Urban Farm is a collaborative effort to build a hub for Albuquerque’s local food system that involves production, distribution, educate, and waste reduction. Working with multiple partner organizations and volunteers, the Historic District Improvement Company (HDIC) and the Downtown Action Team are committed to creating a fully functional farm in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque. The five goals of the Farm are to Grow, Nourish, Buy, Play, and Learn. (Read the case statement here.)
We are also proud to partner with the Veteran Farm Project and Amy Biehl High School for community farm programs. The Veteran Farm Project provides veterans short workshops on sustainable farming practices and hands-on gardening and farming experience. The VFP provides the initial training for veterans to start of work at sustainable agriculture businesses. In addition to on-going workshops, the VFP grows produce at the Alvarado Urban Farm year round. All produce gets sold at a stand at the VA Farmers’ Market once a week over the summer, feeds project participants, and fills CSA boxes for low-income families in Albuquerque. All veterans, active service, and National Guard are welcome and encouraged to participate in the program. The VA van offers rides to both the classes and garden site from the Albuquerque VA campus. For more information on joining the program, contact Robin Seydel at 505 217 2027 or toll free at 877 775 2667, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Jon Shields at the VA at 505 256 6499 or email email@example.com.
tART: temporary art in downtown public places is a Downtown Action Team & MainStreet initiative, in collaboration with ArtsCrawl, to bring temporary art to underutilized sites throughout the Downtown area. The purpose of the project is threefold: to provide year-round support of artists, existing art programs and events; promote a regular art activity which gives people a reason to linger downtown; and activate underutilized spaces and places that could benefit from increased visitation. Interested artists and parties can review our Call for Artists. We appreciate your submission.