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University of New Mexico receives grant for Route 66 plaza

The Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico School of Archi­tec­ture & Plan­ning received a $150,000 federal grant to design a Route 66 plaza of gathering and garden spaces in Albuquerque, reported Albuquerque Business First.

The funds were designated by the National Endow­ment for the Arts Our Town pro­gram to design a com­mu­nity garden/plaza space along his­toric Route 66 in Albuquerque’s Inter­na­tional District. Among con­cepts con­sid­ered for the design are a com­munity gar­den, per­ma­nent seat­ing and per­for­mance spaces and pub­lic art. […]

Pride said that the School of Archi­tec­ture & Plan­ning and its part­ners will need to secure an addi­tional $150,000 from local sources to bring the project to fruition. […] The design of the com­mu­nity garden/plaza space will serve as a model for four more sim­i­lar spaces along Cen­tral Avenue. It is one of 59 projects nation­ally to receive NEA sup­port for cre­ative place-making projects. […]

The International District is generally defined as being bounded by Lomas Boulevard on the north, Gibson Boulevard on the south, San Mateo Boulevard on the west and Wyoming Boulevard on the east.

The grant was endorsed by the City of Albuquerque.

 

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