NM Route 66 Landmark Renovation Hits Snag

Apr 16, 2013

The on-again off-again renovation of a Route 66 landmark in Albuquerque has hit yet another snag.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/YoDqOE) that National Park Service is requiring that the developer of the De Anza Motor Lodge design elements that were added to the motel in 1964. But Rob Dickson, the project's developer, says are those deigns are costly and irrelevant.

The National Park Service in November gave "conditional approval" to the $4.3 million renovation of the Route 66 landmark. The agency's approval is needed to obtain federal historic tax credits.

Dickson plans to convert the 74-year-old motel in Albuquerque into a 39-unit apartment complex and restaurant.

Albuquerque officials plan to appeal the National Park Service's conditional approval of the project.