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Fair West Neighborhood Speakers Event

ABQ Mosaic Art | CABQ Photos

Dear Fair West Neighbors,

You’re invited to an evening of 20-minute presentations by 6 speakers who will discuss valuable information relevant to the Fair West Neighborhood.

Learn about the 2020 Census count, future housing project on La Veta Drive, a new entrepreneur hub in the International District, crime prevention, neighborhood street design and hear from the office of Neighborhood Coordination.

Thursday, February 13, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
EXPO NM Alice K. Hoppes African American Pavilion
300 San Pedro Drive 87108
Changes as of 12:00 AM Feb 13th, 2020
Please enter at Gate #3 See Map

Please invite your friends and neighbors.
For more info contact FWNA President Katherine Turner or 505-818-8859


6:10 – Professor Nick Ferenchak:
Professor Ferenchak is a transportation engineer at UNM who is working on a research project to explore how local street design can improve neighborhoods. Dr. Ferenchak is focused on developing sustainable and resilient transportation systems primarily through improved health and safety outcomes.

6:30 – Developer Ahmet Tiryaki:
Mr. Tiryaki recently constructed a multimillion-dollar townhome development in the Fair Heights Neighborhood on the North and the West side of Smith’s on Marble and Alice, respectively. He has been successful in attracting millennials and young families to come and plant roots. Also, Mr. Tiryaki has worked on several infill multifamily developments across the Duke City. During the construction phase of the project, The Fair Heights Neighborhood Association president Patrick Scott said: “His vision is to bring high quality, reasonably affordable, infill development to the area.” The current president, Rober Habiger, stated that the Alvarado Park NA “the APNA..would do the same again. We think it has helped our neighborhoods to have additional housing options.”

In October of last year, Mr. Tiryaki was granted a consolidation of the 7 lots on the South East corner of La Veta Dr. He plans to build a housing project on that lot. Come and find out his plans for our neighborhood. The FWNA development sign on Zia and La Veta were consolidated into one lot in the recently branded Mile-Hi District.

6:50 – Alex Horton:
Many of you may have seen Alex Horton as MC for the Mayor’s State of the City address. If you didn’t see it, go to to see the video recording of the event. Alex is the founder and executive director of the international district economic Development Business Incubator focused on growing neighborhood-based businesses with a focus on media.

7:10 – Laura Kuehn, ICPS, NCPS:
Laura Kuehn is the director of the city’s crime prevention program. This program has over 2000 neighborhoods in Albuquerque participating in the program. It has been a long-time desire by many of our neighbors to have an active neighborhood watch program. Laura can help us or organize our neighborhood on a block-by-block basis. Laura will give us information about how you can be a host for a Neighborhood Watch on your block.

7:30 – Angelo Metzgar, ONC Manager:
The office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) will discuss what the ONC is and how they help to create a vibrant and thriving neighborhood in the City of Albuquerque.

7:50 – Louis Head, Partnership Specialist US Census Bureau
Mr. Head will give a presentation on the importance of an accurate 2020 Census count and the implication of an accurate count. Please come and find out how you can help NM get all the benefits it deserves for our community.

Thank you for your participation and support of our FWNA.

FWNA Board Meeting Sunday Jan 19th

Thank you, Mayor Keller, for joining us at our neighborhood association meeting. The information was informative, thoughtful, and helpful.

Dear Fair West Neighbors,

You’re invited to the next FWNA Board meeting where Mayor Tim Keller will give a presentation and briefly answer questions afterward. If you would like to submit a question we will have index cards available. You’re also welcome to bring a 3×5 index card with your written question.

We ask that you please RSVP to Kathleen Oweegon at (505) 242-6141 or so she can properly prepare for the right number of participants. Thank you!

Fair West Neighbor Association Board Meeting
Sunday, January 19th, 2020
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sundowner Apts. (front meeting room)
6101 Central Ave NE, 87108

Agenda includes:

  • Presentation by Mayor Tim Keller
  • Assess progress on updating the bylaws/create plan to finalize
  • Continue to develop a Board communication paradigm
  • Download FWNA 1/19/20 Meeting Agenda [PDF]

Hope to see you there!

Thanksgiving Holiday Food Drive

Dear Fair West neighbors,

We’re seeking drop donations to support the Southeast Area Command Officers’ food drive for twelve families for Thanksgiving.  The APD squads will provide a complete meal for their families.  They need stuffing, canned vegetables, cranberries, instant mashed potatoes, and any other non-perishable holiday meal staples.

If you would like to help out, please put your donations into a sealed bag with a card including your name and address stapled to the bag and drop it off at 616 Valencia (SE corner of Valencia and Marquette) in the large plastic delivery box located on the south side of the front porch. The last day to donate will be November 18th for this event.

Also, during this Thanksgiving Holiday Season, the Southeast Problem Response will assist those experiencing homelessness by serving hot bowls of soup.  If you would like to provide cans of  soup, we are happy to accept those donations as well.

Thank you for your consideration and assistance.

Katherine Turner,
FWNA President

Tipping Points | Creative Economy Resources for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs

Attention Fair West Creatives and Artists!

Tipping Points is a new initiative curated by the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services and Economic Development departments. This program aims to connect local musicians, visual and performing artists, artisans, and other creative entrepreneurs to resources and services that will help them get to the next level and make a living doing what they love.

You are welcome to participate in one of two in-person gatherings taking place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Convention Center. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

  • Engage with 50-100 artists like yourself  to refine your most pressing needs regarding your creative practice. You’ll participate in small group clinics to sense-make and fine-tune your challenges and come up with actionable ways to move forward.
  • Learn about professional development opportunities to support you with new ideas, strategies and meaningful time to connect with other artists from all disciplines.
  • Connect with resources and services to help you get to the next level.

In order to express your interest in attending, please complete this short questionnaire – – by November 1.

You will be notified via email to confirm your participation in one of the Tipping Points convenings by November 13th.

For more information Contact Dr. Shelle Sanchez
City of Albuquerque, Cultural Services Department

FWNA Board Meeting Sunday October 20th

The Fair West Neighbor Association Board Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 20th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Sundowner Apts. (front meeting room) at 6101 Central Ave NE, 87108.

The 10/20 board meeting has been opened up to Fair West neighbors to observe. The Office of Neighborhood Coordination has agreed to give us a facilitator to help with this new meeting format. Kathleen Oweegon, who helped us with the State Fair parking meetings, has agreed to be our facilitator.

Please RSVP to Kathleen Oweegon at (505) 242-6141 or so she can set up properly for the amount of people who will be there. Thank you!

Itinerary includes:

  • A plan to update the bylaws
  • Approve a budget for the Scary Supper
  • Develop a process for expenditure reimbursement.
  • Approve of Neta from Kaps and Eric Sutton to the board

Sundowner Location

You Are Invited to Plan the Plan!

A public collaboration to design the Community Planning Area Assessments

The City of Albuquerque’s Planning Department is inviting the public to attend one of several “Plan the Plan” meetings to talk about how Community Planning Area assessments could and should work and to collect feedback that best represents our neighborhood and community’s needs.

Come and see initial results of the needs assessment that will help determine the order of which area goes first. Your input will help shape staff’s recommendation of the order to City Council, who will make the final decision.

The next Plan the Plan Meeting happening nearest to Fair West Neighborhood is:

Tuesday Oct 15th 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
International District Economic Development Center
111 Wyoming Blvd DE 87123

The City of Albuquerque is also offering civic skills workshops focused on the planning history and how Albuquerque has countered negative impacts of planning with economic development and Metropolitan Redevelopment projects along with a new zoning ordinance.

Thursday, Oct 24th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
NM Asian Family Center
115 Montclaire Dr SE 87108

Tuesday Oct 29th 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
International District Economic Development Center
111 Wyoming Blvd DE 87123

  • Lunch or Dinner will be served in the first 30 minutes of each session so be sure to arrive on time.
  • Activities for youth 6+ will be available.
  • Spanish interpretation will be available. If interpretation is needed for other languages, please contact Francine Pacheco at at least 48 hours before the meeting.


“Plan the Plan” flyer in English (PDF)
“Planear el Plan” volante en Español (PDF)

Can’t make any of these meeting dates or times? Send your ideas to  Or come meet with staff. (Friday afternoons are dedicated to “office hours.”

Summary Notes from the FWNA / State Fair Parking Debriefing Meeting

Summary notes are now available from the facilitated debriefing meeting regarding State Fair-related traffic issues in the Fair West Neighborhood held on September 24th, 2019

Summary of 9-24-19 FWNA Facilitated State Fair Traffic Debriefing Meeting [PDF]

Goals of the 9/24 Debriefing Meeting

    • Debrief the impact of the agreed-upon parking and traffic relief measures during the 2019 State Fair. What did and did not work well.
    • Begin discussing what needs to happen prior to the 2020 State Fair

Reports prepared by meeting facilitator Kathleen Oweegon of Bridges of Peace. Please email her at if you would like to be added to her email distribution list for future FWNA traffic meetings.

Next Parking Meeting is scheduled for April 2020. Time & location for next meeting TBD.
Sign up for FWNA announcements.

2019 Documents regarding on-street, permit-only parking for Fair West Neighborhood are posted on the Fair West Neighborhood Permit-Only Parking webpage.