Monday is the day that the Albuquerque City Council will determine whether to designate El Vado Motel as a City Landmark and prevent it from being destroyed to make way for luxury townhouses.
Ordinarily, I'd give a pep talk and encourage residents to attend the council meeting. But the city's historic preservation planner, Ed Boles, sent an e-mail today that already does a good job of that:
Next Monday, January 7, the Albuquerque City Council will take up the Landmarks Commission's unanimous (7-0) recommendation that the El Vado Auto Court/Motel be designated a City Landmark. This designation is critical to the City's efforts to preserve the El Vado. The City Council can designate a City Landmark by passing an ordinance to that effect.
El Vado was designated a city landmark in 2006 but the owner got a court order reversing that designation on procedural grounds. We are now in a position to restore the designation, but we don't assume the Landmarks Commission's unanimous recommendation will result in a majority of City Council members voting to designate the El Vado.
If you want to help get the El Vado City Landmark designation restored, please consider at least one of the following:
1. Contact your city councilor if you live in Albuquerque.
2. Testify at the City Council hearing if possible. It starts at 5 p.m. Monday 7 January at 1 Civic Plaza NW, City Council Chambers.
3. Write a message to Council members via their staff assistants.
District 1 -- Ken Sanchez, Councilor
Elaine Romero, staff assistant, email@example.com, 505-768-3183
District 2 -- Debbie O'Malley, Council Vice-President
Kelly Sanchez-Pare, staff assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-768-3159
District 3 -- Isaac Benton, Councilor (and probable sponsor of the designation ordinance -- El Vado is in Dist. 3)
Kara Shair-Rosenfield, staff assistant, email@example.com
District 4 -- Brad Winter, Council President
Diana Trujeque, Manager, Constituent Services/Communithy Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-768-3101
District 5 -- Michael Cadigan, Councilor
Milagros "Mimi" Aledo, staff assistant, email@example.com, 505-768-3189
District 6 -- Rey Garduno, Councilor
Travis Kellerman, staff assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-768-3152
District 7 -- Sally Mayer, Councilor
Gilbert Montano, staff assistant, email@example.com
District 8 -- Trudy Jones, Councilor
Elizabeth Shields, staff assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-768-3106
District 9 -- Don Harris, Councilor
Isaac Padilla, staff assistant, email@example.com, 505-768-3123
Thanks for your interest in this important historic place and our efforts to preserve it.
Historic Preservation Planner