It’s enterprise as normal at Castle Coffee, a novel style of the downtown Albuquerque attraction.
“I fell in love with downtown,” stated Joshua Castleberry, proprietor of Fortress Espresso, on his resolution to open up in downtown Albuquerque two years in the past.
However as he found final month, the vandals are simply an unintended consequence.
“We got here in and nothing was stolen, only a random particular person throwing rocks,” stated Castleberry. “On my digicam, I didn’t catch something. However we simply had a rock thrown by way of the window.”
They changed the window and saved the memento.
But it surely’s the identical factor at different companies. Of us with Cafe Lush stated a window was damaged there round that very same time. However they only fastened it and moved on. They don’t really count on anybody shall be held accountable for it.
In response to APD, the earlier administration signed the McClendon settlement settlement, discouraging officers from arresting individuals for non-violent misdemeanors, except DWI.
Officers can cite them, however that might imply they would wish to catch them. If an arrest is warranted, the officer should clarify the rationale.
“It’s simply the unknowns, I feel, are what’s annoying to me,” stated Castleberry. “Simply day by day, not figuring out. However we had so as to add extra safety cameras, so it’s simply additional layers so if we do discover out who it’s we will monitor them down or a minimum of know who they’re.”
A spokesperson for APD stated they’re devoted to points impacting downtown and arrested somebody for vandalism downtown final month.
However there’s one other technique.
“We’re doing quite a lot of issues to assist revitalize downtown,” stated Karen Iverson, Metropolitan Redevelopment Company supervisor.
Iverson stated they’re investing in housing, the Rail Trail and incentives for companies.
They’re providing a $30,000 grant to new companies to fill a few of these vacant storefronts.
“It’s important to security, and revitalization to simply get extra exercise, extra of these vacant storefronts will make it appear extra vibrant. It is going to appeal to extra guests. Extra guests will appeal to extra residents. Having extra individuals on the streets make individuals really feel safer. All of this feeds into a security technique,” stated Iverson.
Castleberry stated even with the potential for extra destruction, downtown is the place he desires to be.
The truth is, he plans to open a brand new Fortress Espresso in east downtown.
In the meantime, APD stated they created the Downtown Public Security District with officers and staff from totally different departments. They work with property house owners to take care of points like vandalism.
A spokesperson stated final week these downtown officers logged 123 patrols. In response to APD, these officers made 514 neighborhood contacts, 131 companies contacts and responded to 63 requires service.