ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – On Friday, City of Albuquerque leaders renamed a local transit facility after a late city councilor. The Daytona Transit Facility will now be known as the Ken Sanchez Transit Center, honoring the life of the late city councilor who passed away on New Year’s Day 2020.

Officials said Sanchez, who served as councilor for District One, had a big impact on public transportation including the ART project and the Central-Unser Transit Center. “He said that right here at transit, possessed some of the best employees in the city of Albuquerque, and I know he’d be honored to have his name on your building,” said Sanchez’s daughter Jaclyn Sanchez.

Earlier this year, Sanchez was honored through the naming of one of Civic Plaza’s pillars as the “Ken Sanchez Pillar of the Community.” Other sites that bear his name include the Bernalillo County Commission Chambers, the Albuquerque Fire Rescue station on Central near Old Coors, and a community room at the Taylor Ranch Library.