ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Renovations at the old Albuquerque rail yards are underway, and on Thursday KRQE News 13 got a look at what was once the blacksmith shop.
The area has been cleaned up and new windows have been put in among other things.
The rail yards along First and Second Streets south of downtown have been sitting mostly vacant since the city bought the property back in 2007 after the railroad moved out. The Wheels Museum occupies one building.
A few years ago Albuquerque voters approved money to fix up the shop buildings, which at their peak in the 1940s employed about 3,000 people largely employed in maintaining steam locomotives.
And now, the city hopes the rail yards will get new life as a community center.
"The hope is when the public gets down here, they get excited about it, said Gilbert Montaño, the city's deputy chief administrative officer. "The city does own this facility. The public will be able to rent this facility if they so like for weddings, receptions, graduation parties, car shows, art shows you know a whole plethora of A-to-Z opportunities."
A public open house is planned for Friday from 5:30-9 p.m.
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