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Fri Jul 22, 2016, 06:28 AM

Albuquerque mayor says $20M plan will revive Route 66 motels

ALBUQUERQUE A $20 million restoration project is poised to revive two shuttered motels along separate sections of Historic Route 66 in Albuquerque, where the neon signs of motor inns once lit the highway's miles-long run through New Mexico's largest city.

Standing in front of the boarded-up De Anza Motor Lodge on Wednesday, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry announced plans for the renovation project, saying it will turn the sprawling inn and another historic road stop, the El Vado Motel, into extended-stay motels with breweries and food carts.

The city and private developers will fund the project, Berry said.

"Everything we're doing on this the signage, the lighting along the way, the landscaping we're trying to stay true to that historic Route 66 form," he said. "That's what Route 66 is known for are these motor lodges."

Read more: http://www.alamogordonews.com/story/news/2016/07/20/albuquerque-mayor-says-20m-plan-revive-route-66-motels/87365690/

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