Judge urges compromise with El Vado Motel

Here’s a brief from Wednesday’s Albuquerque Journal about the continuing fight to preserve El Vado Motel:

A state district judge advised developer Richard Gonzales and the city of Albuquerque on Tuesday to seek a compromise in their dispute over El Vado Motel.

Gonzales is seeking a demolition permit to tear down at least part of the motel and redevelop it. The city wants to preserve it as a landmark.

Chief Judge William Lang heard arguments on the issue Tuesday but didn’t issue a decision. He said he will make a written ruling “promptly.”

In the meantime, he encouraged the parties “to find a resolution that both sides can live with.”

John Kelly, an attorney for Gonzales, said his client is “open to discussions with the city.”

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