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El Vado looks like it’s ready to rise

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A long-abandoned and derelict motel property along Central is looking all gussied up and ready for guests.

Construction crews are finished with the site work at the El Vado Motel in Old Town, and a grand re-opening isn’t far off for the iconic Route 66 property at 2500 Central SW, according to a posting on the mixed-use development’s Facebook page.

On a recent visit, a water feature was spouting and the pool was already filled, giving every indication that El Vado will be a good place to cool off this summer. The revitalized El Vado includes 22 boutique motel rooms, an event center, food purveyors and a lobby area that’s being transformed into a tap room.

New retail shops also are opening their doors on the New York Avenue side of the property, such as Metal the Brand, Arogya Center (an Ayurvedic spa), and the Southwest Cactus plant shop.

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