The historic Route 66 icon De Anza Motor Lodge, dormant and deteriorating over the last decade, is finally going to get the attention it so desperately needs. Today the project team unveiled the first phase of the redevelopment – the Turquoise Café. The café, situated at the southeast corner of the development, which featured a storied history full of famous visitors and politicians, will take on new life as office spaces in the redevelopment.
“The De Anza Motor Lodge has long been lying in wait to become vibrant and full of life again,” said City of Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. “This first phase of redevelopment in the private-public partnership for the De Anza is a welcome project for our Central corridor which is now connected by Albuquerque Rapid Transit. I am excited to see what the Turquoise Café will become and what pieces of history will find their way into the new building.”
The Turquoise Café will maintain its iconic turquoise-flecked flooring in its new iteration as an office space. Additionally, potential tenants can anticipate state-of-the-art amenities throughout the development, including a boutique hotel, complete with workout facilities, movie room, game room and communal kitchen, and modern apartments located on the ART route for ease of getting to and from work, shopping and play.
”The De Anza has been an iconic fixture in the landscape of Route 66 in Albuquerque,” said Project Team Member Dale Armstrong, who is also President and CEO of TLC Plumbing and Utility. “The renovation of the Turquoise Café—including the preservation of the beautiful, one-of-a-kind floor—is a monumental step forward for this unique property. We’re looking forward to breathing new life into this piece of Route 66 history.”
Lisa Allen-Urrea, Senior VP, with Sedberry & Associates CRES, will be handling the leasing of the space. Call 505-855-7650 for additional information.