ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – It’s one of the few parts of Albuquerque that the city wants to cling to the past. Albuquerque is reviewing a new list of rules to ensure that Old Town property owners and renters keep the area the same.
Old Town is a unique place for both locals and visitors to Albuquerque. “So much culture and so much new Mexican style,” Anna said while visiting from New York.
“Walking around alone is really a completely different environment,” said Jeff, who was also visiting from New York.
The city wants to keep it that way. “It is a showpiece of the city. It shows our culture and we want it to keep the charm of the old part of town, ”said Leslie Naji, the city’s monument preservation planner.
As a result, the city is considering new Old Town guidelines for property and business owners.
“We always have a problem with people being so good, I didn’t know I had to do anything, and it’s really hard to get people to change things after they’ve done them,” Naji said .
While there are now rules for things like stucco and the discretion of security cameras, the new 22-page rules are much more detailed than ever. Naji said some of the biggest changes are the ban on shade sails and the requirement for shadow structures to match the old city’s time.
It also requires paints to be of a specific color palette and prohibits murals like two new ones near the newly remodeled Plaza Don Luis. “There are some historical murals that have been around for many years and these will not be affected, but some new things have emerged that would contradict the requirements of painting,” said Naji.
The city said it is ready to work with any property or business owners in the old town who want to make changes.
“Our intent is to create a coherent and cohesive old town experience and we want people to come in and feel, yes, they are looking at what our community was like 100 years ago,” said Naji. “We want to work with applicants. If they come to us first, we can help them find what they want in a way that builds on the characters and qualities of the neighborhood. “
The city’s Landmark Commission will vote on the new rules on Wednesday. If approved and without objection, the rules would take effect after 15 days.