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County Commission Approves Money to Preserve the De Anza Motor Lodge


The Bernalillo County Commission approved a Local Economic Development Agreement with Anthea at Nob Hill to redevelop the historic De Anza Motor Lodge.

Anthea at Nob Hill requested a $350,000 LEDA increment grant from the county to assist in the redevelopment of the property at Washington and Central Avenue in southeast Albuquerque.

The monies will be used for new infrastructure for a 40-unit boutique hotel utilizing both short and long-term stay capacities.

As part of the agreement, Zuni Murals in the old hotel basement, the Turquoise Café floor and the historic De Anza sign will all be preserved.

“The De Anza Motor Lodge has long been a cornerstone of Nob Hill and an important piece of Route 66 history,” says County Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins. “The Zuni murals, turquoise-studded floor, and iconic sign are integral to our history and we’re pleased to help preserve those for future generations.”

The county is making the increment grant available through use of gross receipts tax money. Fifty percent of gross receipts taxes collected by Anthea at Nob Hill will be used to repay the grant.

Additionally, six new jobs will be created under the agreement.

The increment grant was approved by the commission on a 4 – 0 vote. Commissioner Quezada was excused from the meeting.

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