"This is really the cradle where personal computing sort of came into its own," said Spielmann. "Albuquerque is really the seat of personal computers and the Sundowner plays into that origin."
The $9 million-development includes plans for a growers market, retail, and community space intended for small businesses.
Asbestos remediation on the motel was recently completed and constructed has started on a project official says will bring dozens of jobs to the city.
The Sundowner project is one of many slated for a once popular area of Albuquerque along Route 66.
In recent years, the area around the Sundowner, which was vacant, has been a high-crime zone and known for prostitution.
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