North I-25 Business Association


      Connecting Businesses in Albuquerque's North I-25 Area Since 1983

June 18 Meeting Report

See what the City of Albuquerque's Economic Development and Municipal Development Department's Engineering Division reported on at the most recent meeting. Read more...


July 16, 2015

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July 16 Meeting


Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART)

History of Coronado Center

Community Reports

At the July 18 meeting, North I-25 members and guests will learn more about one vision for our City's transit system. 


ABQ RIDE is looking to bring a bus rapid transit system to Albuquerque along the Central Avenue corridor. Central Avenue carries 43% of all bus ridership in the city and is one of the most heavily traveled thoroughfares in Albuquerque. Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART), as it is called, has the potential to bring significant economic development and job growth to our city, as well as transform the face of public transportation. Bruce Rizzieri, Director, ABQ RIDE, will talk about the potential benefits this transit system could bring to Albuquerque.


Bruce Rizzieri has been the Director for the City of Albuquerque Transit Department (ABQ RIDE) since December 1, 2009. Previously, he worked at the Mid-Region Council of Governments from October 2003 through November 2009, and before that, he was with ABQ RIDE from 1988 – 2003.


Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) Project and The Future of Albuquerque’s Transit System

Randy Sanchez, Senior General Manager of Coronado Center, called “The Mayor of Coronado Center,” took attendees down memory lane in his “History of Coronado Center” at the June 18 meeting of the North I-25 Business Association. Sanchez detailed stores that have come and gone from Coronado since it opened in 1964. The development arm of Sears Roebuck & Co. built the original, open-air mall. Local developer Dale Bellamah owned the land. 


“Although Winrock opened two years earlier, Coronado was always bigger,” said Sanchez.


 In 1974, developer Ernest Hahn bought Coronado and enclosed it. More on the detailed history of Coronado . . .