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Meeting Minutes, Jan 2, 2019

Preservation Station, Presiding: Bonnie Anderson   Start Time:6:30pm

Board Member Attendance:

Term ending August 2020


Term ending August 2019


Anderson, Bonnie


Leverick, Pam 


Esquivel, Elijah/Jen


Carson, Ann


Sturge, Ben


Grassel, Kathy


Moisés Gonzalez/Karla Thornton


Oakley, Patricia


Grant, Steve


Tanner, David


Spittler, Lee


Vogle, Susan




Trefethen, Salley



Minutes:Minutes of the December meeting were read and approved.

Officer Report—Officer did not have crime stats.  Salley expressed concern regarding property crime. Ben reported that he’s had another break-in with significant damage and many tools taken. He is requesting more police presence in the corridor between Highland Park and Broadway. 

514 High SE (Kim Rayman)—Kim and her father purchased a home at 514 High St. They would like to build 500 sq. ft. addition. They will put historically appropriate windows and siding and a pitched roof. The view from the street will not be affected. They have applied to LUCC and the hearing is on Jan 7.

Project for vacant Pop ’n’ Taco Lot—David Day again presented the proposed project for the Pop ’n’ Taco lot: a complex with two buildings and a courtyard, with a total of 56 small 350 sq. ft. apartments with rents starting at under $700. This project would require 3 variances:

1)   Extending Metropolitan Redevelopment Area. The developer wants to extend this area through the vacant lot, and eventually all the way to I-25.

2)   Parking Exemption: Since the project does not include a parking lot, the project needs an exemption. In line with current residents in the Old ABQ High complex, the developers anticipate that there will be a mix of residents without cars, residents who will utilize on-street permit parking, and residents who will park in the parking garage on Arno.

3)   Height/Solar Exemption: The project will need a height/solar exemption since it is taller than two stories near the NW corner adjacent to an historic property.  However, it is within the height limits for buildings along Central. The building will shade the house to the south in early morning and late afternoon but the courtyard will allow for sun during midday.

After lengthy discussion, Salley moved to support the project with the variances. The motion was seconded. A majority of the Board was in favor. The main concern of opponents was with the parking exemption. Bonnie will write a letter.

Meeting adjourned 7:34 pm  Next meeting will take place 6:30pm Wednesday, February 6, 2019.