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It's showtime for the first phase of the HDIC's three-step process of developing Downtown
The Century Theaters block is just the opening scene in a project that will bring new life to Downtown, developers say.
The new 14-screen movie house, opening Nov. 16, will anchor a new development by the Historic District Improvement Co. with office, retail, restaurant and living space that should be the beginning of a new Downtown, says Debbra Colman, chief operating officer of HDIC.
"We're looking forward to it opening. It's our banner oppor-tunity to show it's happening," Colman says.
Three years ago, the city of Albuquerque declared a 12-block parcel a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area in need of a little help, Colman says.
The area in Downtown is bounded by Central Avenue on the north, Lead Avenue on the south, First Street on the east and Second Street on the west.
"The City Council put out an RFP (request for proposals) …