Several developers of the historic Route 66 property have come and gone. But the latest, Rob Dickson, reportedly has set a construction start for July with the $4.3 million project.
The newspaper said:
Dickson, the developer of the Lofts at Albuquerque High, is planning to convert the motel to 39 market-rate apartments. A Zuni jewelry store, a Route 66 visitor center and a cafe are part of the project. An outdoor swimming pool and clubhouse are also in the plans. Pavilion Construction will do the buildout, and Integrated Design and Architecture did the design.
According to the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, S.D. Hambaugh, a tourist court operator from Tucson, Ariz.; and C.G. Wallace, a trader with the Zuni Indians, built De Anza Motor Lodge in 1939.
It closed during the 1990s, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
UPDATE 5/18/2012: Here’s a video report from KASA-TV in Albuquerque: