Groundbreaking Ceremony for Route 66 Visitor Center

03/19/2021

County Commission Vice Chair Steven Michael Quezada and Albuquerque City Councilor Klarissa Peña are hosting the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Route 66 Visitor Center, Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 10 a.m. at 12300 Central Ave. SW. This is not a public event but it will be available at bernco.gov/live and on GOV TV 16 https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/govtv.

Speakers include Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (attending virtually), Mayor Tim Keller, state, city & county elected officials.  There will also be representatives from SWAN (Southwest Alliance of Neighbors) and the West Central Community Development Group, who will be operating the facility when it is completed.    

“The Route 66 Visitor Center project has been 29 years in the making and so many wonderful people have been involved in its planning and vision,” says Bernalillo County Commission Vice Chair Steven Michael Quezada. “Today the planning is done and the construction will begin.”

“The Route 66 Visitor Center is a community led project, their hard work and perseverance over 29 years has proven to be transformative,” said Albuquerque City Councilor Peña. “These community leaders are credited with many development and redevelopment efforts along West Central and the surrounding area. The Visitor Center will be a catalyst in creating a destination for locals and tourists alike, while filing a void in an underserved community.”

The cost for the construction of the project, including tax, is $10.3 million. Phase one of the construction includes a 21,000 square foot museum, assembly space, catering kitchen, tap room, office space, outdoor amphitheater, parking and landscaping.  

The design consultant for the project is Mullen Heller Architecture and Enterprise Builders is the construction contractor.

The construction will be a 405 calendar day (a little over 13 months) schedule.

This project is a collaborative effort between Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque and local stakeholders, SWAN (Southwest Alliance of Neighbors) and the West Central Community Development Group, to create a space that celebrates Route 66 while serving the local community.

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