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By Steven Saavedra
City of Aztec 



November 17, 2017

The Aztec Downtown Metropolitan Redevelopment Area (MRA) Plan will define the community’s vision for the core commercial area. Also called a Downtown Revitalization Plan, a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan examines existing conditions and assets, analysis of the core district economic market, develops a physical land use plan with livability/design guidelines. With that information, the MRA Plan designs specific redevelopment sites and projects, and identifies sustainable implementation strategies and specific funding sources for each priority project for the downtown’s future physical improvements, economic uses, and regulations.

When adopted by the City Commission, the Master/MRA Plan becomes a living document that guides district revitalization and public and private sector investment for several years.

The Aztec Downtown MRA Plan will utilize the Downtown Designation Report as adopted by the City Commission. Stipulated by New Mexico’s Local Economic Development (LEDA), the City can provide public resources to those qualifying businesses in the MRA. A planning firm, “Consensus Planning” (CP) was selected to carry out the designation report for the City of Aztec. Consensus Planning has completed MRA plans for numerous communities throughout New Mexico. In addition, they have completed various redevelopment projects within historic districts and downtown areas for developers in the private sector. The MRA’s purpose is to improve the economic environment, create jobs, and advance economic diversity to the city and the region.

I would encourage everyone to share your thoughts and visions of downtown Aztec with CP, as they will be in Aztec to visit with residents and merchants November 21, 2017. CP has chosen to base out of The Bistro at Main and Blanco. For more information, please contact me at (505)334-7605.


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