A now-vacant site in northeast Albuquerque that was once the home to a Kmart store may be transformed into a new and thriving shopping center space.
Located at the intersection of Carlisle Boulevard and Interstate 40, the outlet, which was originally opened in the mid-1960s, went out of business last year as part of a national round of more than sixty Kmart closures.
Now the Albuquerque-based Modulus Architects has unveiled a plan calling for the demolition of the former K-mart facility and the design and construction of a 45,000 square foot grocery store in its place.
The plan also details space for a handful of other retailers, with additional buildings at the 10-acre site used as a brewpub or coffee shop, among other purposes.
The project will be subject to the City of Albuquerque’s unique Integrated Development Ordinance, which was adopted in 2017 and governs land development projects within the city’s borders.
For the most part of the last year, neighbors have expressed concerns about the abandoned property, whose official address is 2100 Carlisle Boulevard
The plan for the big site redevelopment has already been the subject of at least one public meeting, and still needs to be reviewed by the city before any work can actually begin.
Modulus Architects specializes in large retail shopping center projects throughout New Mexico.
By Garry Boulard
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