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Motel Demolition Signals Route 66 Makeover

2011-07-28 20:11:23

Albuquerque, N. Mex. - The Mayor and the Safe City Strike Force are on a mission to make over historic Route 66.

Thursday morning, the city started demolition on the abandoned State Fair Mercado Motel and Apartment building on Central Avenue near Louisiana.

Mayor Richard Berry said he hopes tearing down the long-time eyesore will make way for a new, thriving business.

It's not the first, or the last, on a long list of dilapidated buildings the city wants to get rid of as part of its revitalization of historic Route 66.

The Silver Moon Lodge was demolished two weeks ago.

The owner says he plans to build a grocery story, about 20 apartments and a retail space in its place.

"I think Central Avenue is just one of these really special places, and it's good to see these problem properties coming down and get some new development going on on this great stretch of road," said Mayor Berry.

The demolition is expected to take three days and cost the city $32,800.

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