Albuquerque seeks bids to restore historic motel

Created: 08/16/2014 3:38 PM
By: APNewsNow

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The De Anza Motor Lodge along historic Route 66 is one step closer to getting a new lease on life.

The city of Albuquerque is now seeking proposals from developers interested in renovating the 2-acre site along Central Avenue. The city's development commission expects to select the winning proposal in February.

Built in 1939 by Native American art and pottery trader Charles Garrett Wallace, the property includes seven separate buildings. One of them features murals by artist Tony Edaakie that depict a Native American ceremonial procession.

Mayor Richard Berry says the old motor lodge embodies the story of Albuquerque and he's excited to see the city-owned site transformed.

The property is listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties and on the National Register of Historic Places.

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