On-Street Permit-Only Parking for Fair West Neighborhood

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM FAIR WEST NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

Just in time for the 2019 State Fair, some residential streets in Fair West Neighborhood that are most impacted by non-resident traffic and street parking during events at EXPO New Mexico will have permit-only parking for residents and their visitors who wish to park on the street. If your address is on a street with permit parking restrictions, and you wish for you or your guests to park on the street, you must obtain a permit from the City of Albuquerque. CABQ allows 3 passes per residence: 2 homeowner passes and 1 visitor pass, or 1 homeowner pass and 2 visitor passes. The addresses that are included in permit-only parking are the following:

  • 200 through 900 blocks of CAGUA DR. NE
  • 200 through 900 blocks of LAGUAYRA DR. NE
  • 200 through 900 blocks of CARDENAS DR. NE
  • 200 through 900 blocks of VALENCIA DR. NE
  • 200 through 900 blocks of ALVARADO DR. NE

This solution was proposed by Fair West residents in a series of public community meetings, which began in January 2019, in collaboration with City Councilor Pat Davis and the City of Albuquerque (CABQ). This proposed solution passed with a majority of Fair West neighbors in the proposed permit-only parking area supporting the measure, using the CABQ permit parking petitioning process. Permit-only parking on the impacted streets will be in effect as of September 1, 2019.

The City of Albuquerque is making their staff available to distribute permits and visitor passes to Fair West residents on Saturday, August 24th from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm at the Sundowner Apartments, 6101 Central Ave NE.

Residents must complete the On-Street Parking Permit Application [PDF], and bring the following:

If the applicant is the Property Owner the following is required:

  • Valid Government issued ID Card
  • Current Motor Vehicle Registration for all vehicles requiring a permit
  • Proof of Ownership – a Utility Bill or Local Property Tax Bill

If the applicant is a Renter or Tenant the following is required:

  • Valid Government issued ID Card or Student ID Card
  • Current Motor Vehicle Registration for all vehicles requiring a permit. If not the vehicle owner, please provide a hand written letter from the vehicle owner that is signed along with a copy of the owner’s ID
  • Valid Lease or notarized letter from property owner verifying a tenant agreement
  • Proof of residency – a Utility Bill in your name – example: Cable, Cell phone, Electric, Gas, Internet, or a Paycheck Stub. Government correspondence or a Bank statement is also acceptable

If you are unable to attend the distribution on Saturday, 8/24, applications for on street parking permit(s) must be made in person at the Parking Division Office, Plaza Del Sol, 600 2nd Street NW, 5th Floor, Room #510. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm and closed 12 noon to 1 pm for lunch. Office telephone number is 505-924-3950.

Visitor Permits – are only valid within a two residential block radius of the property address. The visitor permit will not be replaced if it is lost or stolen. Both of these policies are strictly enforced.

All Parking Permits – must be placed on the driver’s side dash or adhered to the windshield to be visible for the City of Albuquerque’s Parking Enforcement Division.

Parking Permits are Non-Transferable – In the event the vehicle is sold, traded or salvaged the permit attached to the vehicle will need to be returned to the Parking Division to receive a replacement.

Rental Properties – The owners of rental properties are encouraged to establish as part of their tenant’s clearance procedures a process to retrieve parking permits from the vacating tenants of the rental property. Failure to retrieve permits may delay the issuance of new permits.

Outstanding or unpaid parking citations must be addressed before the City of Albuquerque can issue any permit(s).

This information may be found online here: https://www.cabq.gov/municipaldevelopment/residents/parking/on-street-parking-permit-application

Parking contact info is below and may also be found at this link: https://www.cabq.gov/municipaldevelopment/residents/parking/contact


Any questions should be directed to:

Parking Division Office
Department of Municipal Development
Phone: (505) 924-3950

Physical Address
600 2nd St. NW, Plaza Del Sol Building, Room 510
Albuquerque NM 87102

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1293
Albuquerque NM 87102

FWNA / State Fair Parking Meeting #5 Tuesday 8/20

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM FAIR WEST NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

On-Street Permit-Only Parking was proposed by Fair West residents in a series of public community meetings, which began in January 2019, in collaboration with City Councilor Pat Davis and the City of Albuquerque (CABQ). This proposed solution passed with a majority of Fair West neighbors in the proposed permit-only parking area supporting the measure, using the CABQ permit parking petitioning process.

Please join us for the fifth facilitated meeting regarding State Fair-related traffic issues in the Fair West Neighborhood. View 8/20 Meeting Agenda [PDF]

Goals for meeting #5

  • Design an action plan for the 2019 State Fair
  • Clarification on parking enforcement protocols and practices
  • Learn how to obtain your Permit-Only Parking permits

Tuesday, August 20th 6:30PM – 8:30PM at the Sundowner Apts. (front meeting room) at 6101 Central Ave NE, 87108

New Location


We hope to see you there!

Important: If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the facilitator so she can prepare accordingly – Kathleen Oweegon – oweegon@bridgesofpeace.com, (505) 242-6141

See List of All Summary Documents

FairWest Petition for Permanent Permit-Only Parking Signs Due 7/14

FWNA needs your immediate attention. If you wish to participate in the parking petition, we need to have your signature either “FOR” or “AGAINST” by this Sunday July 14th to submit to the city by the due date.

This petition is an effort to alleviate parking issues and safety concerns caused by year-round events at Expo New Mexico and the annual State Fair. Petition is only applicable for residents who live in the 3 zone areas considered for permanent permit-only no parking signs in the neighborhood.

Designated zone areas will need to obtain 51% percentage of “For” votes in order to receive permanent permit-only parking within the neighborhood.

  • Zone 1 = Cagua Dr., Laguayra Dr., and Cardenas Dr.
  • Zone 2 = Valencia Dr.
  • Zone 3 = Alvarado Dr.

For more information or how to sign the petition, please contact FairWest Neighborhood Association President Katherine Turner at (505) 818-8859 or turner.katherine@outlook.com

 

FWNA Meeting #4 to Discuss State Fair Parking Issues on 7/23

Please join us for the fourth facilitated meeting regarding State Fair-related traffic issues in the Fair West Neighborhood. View 7/23 Meeting Agenda [PDF]

Tuesday, July 23rd 6:30PM – 8:30PM at the EXPO NM Alice K. Hoppes African American Pavilion, (free parking, enter gate 3 off Copper and proceed east) SEE MAP.

Goals for meeting #4:

  • Learn the outcome of the petitioning process for the permanent parking permits
  • Create the action plan for collaboration between the City, FWNA, and EXPO to support the success of the agreed-upon parking and traffic relief measures during the 2019 State Fair.

Important: If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the facilitator by July 19th so she can prepare accordingly – Kathleen Oweegon – oweegon@bridgesofpeace.com, (505) 242-6141

We hope to see you there!

Reports prepared by meeting facilitator Kathleen Oweegon

Top Eats in Fair West Neighborhood

Whether you already enjoy frequenting Fair West businesses or want to better appreciate what the area has to offer, get to know the neighborhood by supporting our most popular local restaurants, from a sushi bar to a hot dog spot.

 Created by Hoodline using local Yelp data to produce this ranked list of neighborhood businesses.

1. Fareast Fuzion

PHOTO: JOEY S. / YELP

Topping the list is the Sushi Bar, Chinese and Asian fusion spot Fareast Fuzion. Located at 5901 Central Ave. NE, it’s the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 168 reviews on Yelp.

On the menu, in addition to an extensive sushi selection, expect to find stir-fried dishes with pepper steak and sesame chicken, as well as soups, Thai curry dishes, noodle dishes, bento boxes and teriyaki bowls.

2. Kap’s Coffee Shop And Diner

PHOTO: SHANNON C./YELP

Next up is breakfast and brunch spot Kap’s Coffee Shop and Diner, situated at 5801 Central Ave. SE. With 4.5 stars out of 117 reviews on Yelp, it’s proven to be a local favorite.

The menu features a variety of American fare, including chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, Texas French toast, skillet potatoes and more.

3. Cafe Da Lat

PHOTO: CECILIA L./YELP

Vietnamese restaurant Cafe Da Lat is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 5615 Central Ave. NE, four stars out of 99 reviews.

Dig into appetizers like the frog legs and the crispy quail, or opt for larger entrees like stir-fried egg noodles, sugarcane shrimp or lemongrass chicken. Desserts like fried bananas, mochi ice cream and caramel flan are also available.

4. Sonora Dogs

PHOTO: BILLY A./YELP

Sonora Dogs, a food truck and Mexican spot, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 11 Yelp reviews. Head over to 101-199 Laguayra Drive NE to see for yourself.

The eatery serves up authentic Mexican hot dogs with onions, beans, bacon and a variety of sauces, as well as Tapatío-flavored Doritos.

 

Fair West Receives a Pace Bike Share Rack in Fox Park

Fair West Neighborhood received a Pace Bike Share rack station in Fox Memorial Park this week.  Bike sharing is a healthy, sustainable, and affordable form of public transportation. The bike sharing program started in Albuquerque in 2015 as a pilot program; today it is in full swing and has expanded to 250 bikes and 50 parking stations around town.

ABQ’s Pace Bike Share

Riders can rent a bike from any of the dedicated Pace Bike Share racks or public bike racks available throughout the city. This mix of rack placement along with the program’s unique “lock-to-dockless” bike model, which bikes can be locked to fixed objects — not just to specific Pace bike racks — offers riders convenience and more freedom in their daily transit choices.

How Pace Bike Share Works

Pace Bike Share is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Eligible participants must have a valid credit or debit card to become a member. Once a rider had downloaded the Pace app, renting a bike is as easy as three simple steps:

  • Borrow: Find bikes near you in the Pace app (App Store or Google Play). When you enter the bike number into the app on your mobile device, the lock will pop open. Unplug the security cable and hop on.
  • Ride: Enjoy your ride! Select “Hold Bike” in the app if you’d like to keep your bike during a quick stop. Grab a coffee and your bike will wait.
  • Return: Park at your destination by locking to a Pace ABQ rack or any public bike rack. Push the back tire lock closed and secure with the cable.

Get the App

To use Pace Bike Share, riders download the free “Pace Bike Share” app, available in the Apple Store or Google Play. Riders can find available bikes and parking locations in the app and unlock bikes with the touch of a button. https://ridepace.com/albuquerque

Cost

Rides start at $1. Pay-as-you-go; $1 per 15 minutes.

Annual Subscription: $60 for a standard subscription; $30 for student, senior, military, and EBT subscriptions. Unlimited 30 minute rides.

Monthly Subscription: $10 for a standard subscription; $5 for student, senior, military, and EBT subscriptions. Unlimited 30 minute rides.

Managed by Rio Metro Regional Transit District, Pace Bike Share is described as a transit system that consists of a network of stations where bikes are publicly available for short-term rental. Rio Metro is betting that the Pace Bike Share program will complement existing public transit, providing the first and last mile of connectivity by filling in gaps where no other mode exists.  Learn more about ABQ’s bike share program

The Bicycle Boulevard in our Neighborhood

It makes sense that Fair West would be a good fit for the bike rack, due to the bicycle boulevard that runs through the neighborhood, the HAWK signal at Lomas and being centrally located between Nob Hill, the International District and Uptown.

In 2018 Alvarado Drive became a designated bicycle boulevard between Copper and Lomas.  However, most of all the stop signs were removed and speeding has become an issue as very few drivers observe the posted 18 mph speed limit and have increased their speed to exceed the previously posted 25 mph.

The neighborhood association has submitted a traffic calming request application with the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP).