After years of sitting dormant and deteriorating, the De Anza Motor Lodge redevelopment project will finally move forward after receiving site plan approval today from the Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission. Located on the eastern edge of Nob Hill, the redevelopment preserves the historic Zuni Pueblo heritage while providing visitors and residents state-of-the-art amenities including a boutique hotel, complete with workout facilities, movie room, game room and communal kitchen; modern apartments located on the ART route for ease of getting to and from work, shopping and play; Zuni historic murals on display for tourists and residents; retail and office space; and a restaurant complete with rooftop seating.
“The De Anza has so much historical significance, not only as the landmark on Route 66 that welcomed visitors for decades, but for the city as a whole,” said Elizabeth Chestnut, Director of the Route 66 DeAnza Association. “I am enthused by what this new development will bring and by its unique blend of new urbanism and preserving our important past.”
Some of the unique features of the De Anza project include: the historic Zuni Shalako ceremonial procession murals, preserved onsite with future restoration and potential educational tours provided by Route 66 De Anza Association and Zuni Pueblo; the Art Deco De Anza Motor Lodge sign, which is being refurbished to its former prominence; creation of retail and restaurant space on Central Avenue, which ties into the ART project.