City of Albuquerque breaks ground on Imperial Inn redevelopment plan

The City of Albuquerque this week broke ground on a $7.6 million redevelopment project for the Imperial Inn Motel along Route 66.

According to KRQE-TV in Albuquerque:

The plans for the Imperial Inn on Central, just west of I-25, include 52 guest rooms and 16 residential suites, along with space for a dozen businesses including retail and restaurants. […}
The $7.6 million project including $700,000 in metro redevelopment funds meant to bring new life to flighted properties along Central. The developer, Palindrome Communities, was also behind the El Vado redevelopment, revitalizing another mid-century motor lodge on Route 66.

Palindrome wants to reopen the motel by summer 2022. It’s at 701 Central Ave. (aka Route 66).

According to, the Imperial Inn Motel opened in the early 1960s as the Imperial 400 Motel as part of a chain that originated in Los Angeles.

The financially troubled chain was bought out in 1987.

(Artist’s rendering of the revamped Imperial Inn motel courtesy of the City of Albuquerque)

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