CUATRO is designed for seniors and tenants with special needs. It will provide efficiency, 1BR-1B, 2BR-1B, and 2BR-2B units. Of the 56 total units, 17 will serve seniors at or below 30% AMI (Area Median Income), 11 will serve seniors at or below 50% AMI, 27 will serve seniors at or below 60% AMI, and 1 will serve as an on-site managers unit. CUATRO sits along North 4th Street, a designated transit corridor with a transit stop directly in front of the property. The property is just .4 of a mile north of Downtown Albuquerque, a half mile from the entrance to I-40, and less than 2 miles from the North Valley Senior Center at 3825 4th Street NW, a 7 minute bus ride. The Wells Park Community Center is also only .2 of a mile walk from the property.
CUATRO’s architectural style is modern and compatible with the neighborhood using colorful stucco and masonry accents, attractive balconies, and window placement. Textural elements as well as metal finishes add to and create an appearance of quality and security. Inside the building are spacious gathering spaces including a community kitchen, community dining, recreation space and a fitness room with exercise equipment. In accordance with the North 4th Street Rank III Corridor Plan, the development places the buildings’ massing up against 4th Street and all on-site parking is gated and secured out of sight in the rear of the building. It offers newly constructed sidewalks from 6’ in width along Sumner and Kinley to 16’ feet in width along 4th Street.
The North 4th Street Rank II Corridor Plan encourages the development of high density housing and mixed use developments within the NFTOD zone along north 4th Street, a designated Transit Corridor. Following those guidelines and the required building envelope allowed by the Plan, CUATRO is designed as a 3 and 4 story building. In an effort to scale back its massing it is also designed as three separate smaller buildings with small gated park areas in between each building allowing in more light. Along the entire 4th Street frontage of the building is a 10‘ high covered portal, with large glass window areas along the façade, and decorative masonry facing the street adding to the buildings visual appeal and pedestrian friendliness.
As previously mentioned, CUATRO’s layout is driven by the requirements of the North 4th Street Rank II Corridor Plan which requires buildings to contribute to the streetscape and to encourage pedestrian and transit activity. The development places the buildings’ massing up against 4th Street and all on-site parking is gated and secured out of sight in the rear of the building. It offers newly constructed sidewalks from 6’ in width along Sumner and Kinley to 16’ feet in width along 4th Street. All of the tenants’ community activity spaces are located the ground floor facing 4th Street. The ground floor as required by the North 4th Street Rank III Corridor Plan has a minimum ceiling height of 10 feet and is dominated by glass to encourage interaction between the residents and pedestrian activity along 4th Street. Passers by see people not walls at the ground floor level.
CUATRO will provide 6’ wide landscaped sidewalks along Summer and Kinley as well as a 16’ wide sidewalk along 4th Street. It has a covered portal along North 4th Street to shelter pedestrians from both the sun and rain, places all parking in the rear of the building so as not to require any curb cuts that interfere with walking and pedestrian activity, and it will provide a transit shelter in front of its building to encourage pedestrians to leave their cars at home and walk to transit facilities. In addition to all of this CUATRO is in a .5 mile walking distance to restaurants, a bank, day care, outdoor recreation, place of worship, child care, and a school.
Its Downtown location will help to provide quality workforce housing throughout the City. It will also be the first multi-family, senior, affordable housing development in the Wells Park Neighborhood and the closest Senior Development to the North Valley Senior Center just 1.75 miles -- a 7 minute bus ride-- away.