Historic motel gets $9M facelift

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There is new life at an old Route 66 Motel in Albuquerque, the place where Microsoft was born.

The Sundowner on Central near San Pedro, was originally built in 1959, was once home to Paul Allen and Bill Gates in the 70’s.

The motel fell on hard times after Interstate 40 opened and eventually closed in 2009.

But after a $9 million makeover, it has been transformed into 71 apartments.

It also houses commercial space, a historic Microsoft display window, computer training center, a community garden and play area.

The complex houses veterans, as well as low-to-middle income residents.

Microsoft officials were in Albuquerque Monday to announce they’re coming back to the Duke City with training programs to help residents learn technical skills.

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