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December 18, 2012

Indian Pueblos Marketing Plans to Build Shopping Center on Former Albuquerque Indian School Site

By Camelia Bulea, Associate Editor

Indian Pueblos Marketing Inc. has recently announced plans to develop a shopping center on the former Albuquerque Indian School, near 12th Street and Indian School Road.

Currently negotiating with a natural foods grocery store and two large restaurants to anchor the future retail development, IPM hopes to break ground on an ABQ Uptown-like retail center in 2013, according to the New Mexico Business Weekly. CBRE is marketing the property for IPM.

The site is currently anchored by Bureau of Indian Affairs, which occupies two 140,000-square-foot offices. The rest of the project includes plans for three new federal offices, totaling 400,000 to 500,000 square feet, and about 123,000 square feet of new retail space, according to the IPM website.

“The vision of the Albuquerque Indian School District is to become a self-sustaining district that we can manage as a micro-economy, a district where we can conduct government-to-government relations, a central location for celebrating Pueblo arts and culture,” said Michael Canfield, president and CEO of Indian Pueblos Marketing, as quoted by the New Mexico Business Weekly.

According to Studio SW Architects, the architect for the 47-acre Indian Pueblo Federal Development Corporation Masterplan, the mixed-use campus will incorporate hotels, restaurants and commercial development to support the office users.

The project has numerous LEED-driven sustainable design features such as sunshades, energy efficient HVAC, rainwater recovery and healthy/recycled content interior materials.

Photo rendering of the Indian Pueblo Federal Development Corporation Masterplan, courtesy of Studio SW Architects

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