Railyards near Barelas take on new life
Posted at: 09/27/2013 10:09 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A finished project at the Railyards near Barelas is taking on a whole new life. The city bought the space in 2007. Six years later, the first building renovation is complete.
The center closed in the 1960s and deteriorated into a mess of broken windows, shot plumbing and asbestos. Now, it has a second life as the city renovates each building, aiming to help surrounding neighborhoods.
“They're tired of seeing this place fenced up,” Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Gilbert Montano said. “They're tired of seeing the homeless going in and out, they're tired of seeing destruction and vandalism. Having activity on this place is only going to bring better opportunities for the neighborhoods around them.”
Every spot will keep its original architecture, including tracks peeking out from the floor. The old blacksmith shop is now a spot for weddings, parties and shows. Others will house businesses, cafes and apartment – giving a place that once employed thousands a new purpose for the next generation.