Albuquerque “eye ache” to get new houses

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A vacant lot in an old Albuquerque neighborhood has been a thorn in the side for decades. But now there is a plan to give it new life.

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“I love living here, it’s a wonderful neighborhood,” said local Tom Jameson. He has lived in the Eighth and Forrestor Historic District since 1991. Jameson said the area had a friendly charm. “It’s a very pedestrian street and you regularly see people walking,” said Jameson.

The city said the district is known for its small, simple, and attractive homes. However, part of the neighborhood is also an empty lot. According to the city, the area has been a problem for decades. In the 1970s, one house in the area was described as “one eye sore on the block”. Eventually it was demolished and the farm has not been looked after since.

“I’ve lived here for so long it’s been a reality since I’ve lived here,” said Jameson. “So I don’t think it’s having a big impact on the neighborhood, but I think having more urban density and two more houses here is probably a good thing.”

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The city’s Landmark Commission recently approved plans to build a large new house in the old town. That worried some neighbors, who say the proposed 2,480-square-foot home will be too big. “I would prefer to be smaller so that it is more compatible with the neighborhood,” said Jameson.

So the house builder returned to the drawing board. “There have been a number of changes that have removed the hipped roof and made all of the gable roofs,” said one of the speakers at the meeting of the city’s landmark commission. “We have now covered all the windows,” said another moderator at the meeting of the Landmarks Commission.

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The city says they believe these changes will help the house blend in better. “We believe this was a better architecture than previously approved,” said one of the speakers at the Landmarks Commission meeting. The Landmarks Commission has approved the new residential design plans. Not a word about when to start construction.

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