Where we stand on the parking lot situation:
- We hired an attorney with significant experience working with the city in similar situations. He has been quite helpful.
- We have participated in a number of meetings with city parks department and other interested parties.
- We have raised the awareness of our members and our community to the value the APC provides to our community and the critical need for parking.
- In doing the above, we changed the dynamic, the parks department has changed the designs to something that will work for us.
- The city parks and recreation department presented the most recent set of revised plans to the city Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission for their approval on December 10. We supported that plan but, we asked that the commission also approve findings that would support our continuing right to parking and access. We believe that, as a direct result of an abuse of process, these findings were not approved. We will appeal that decision. We feel this is important. Dave Smoker had to deal with this same issue back in 1981 when the city truncated Elm St. We hope to preclude this from happening again.
Providing we can get an agreement that will allow the APC continuing use of the overflow parking with key access for the club, we believe this is an equitable plan that preserves our parking while incorporating community uses.
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The current design presented to the Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission.
Note the vehicle graphics parked.
The area that is now our parking lot gets converted to a multi-use plaza, available as overflow parking when needed. It will be blocked with a bollard that, presumably, we will have a key to.
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Note, the circle at the West end of Highland Park Circle becomes parking, a smaller circle is created at the East end where it meets Elm.
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The parking surfaces will be permiable pavers. The grade at the current lot area will change from ascending to the east to descending to the east with a walkway out to the street at the east end.
The multi-use plaza will have a dense canopy of trees, allowing casual recreation, or parking, between the trees.
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You can meet some interesting people at the clubhouse.
Keep up with the porch foundation Repairs at The Roof project, finally. Click this link for the full story.
AN HISTORIC VIEW!
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Not seen in 70 years!
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Our front porch is restored to being itself, a porch, and what a grand porch it is.
We still need some paint, some stain, and additional lighting but, our
porch is once again a porch and it is open for business. Come join us in
celebration of the major accomplishments in restoring our historic
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For those who have forgotten, a picture of the porch as it was.
The NW corner of our porch was enclosed in the late 1930's or early 1940's to provide space to rent to boarders. This space has been used as an office (junk collecting room) since the Albuquerque Press Club purchased the building in 1973. It has been a long time dream to restore this space to it's original glory.
Benefits of Membership:
- Member Owned, with both professional press and social (non-press) memberships
- A private club with disparate membership and a great spirit
- A place to meet new friends or to hang out with old ones
- Located in one of Albuquerque's most historic buildings
- An affiliate of the National Press Club with reciprocity agreements with other press clubs
- You are an owner of the club, allowing you to participate in its activities and management
- You may use our facilities for personal and business events
- You may participate in a variety of professional and entertaining activities
- You Improve the value of our community with your participation
- You pay less for drinks at the bar