El Vado Motel on Central reopened

A Route 66 landmark is back open for business after a major makeover.

After years of sitting vacant, the El Vado Motel on Central across from the aquarium reopened its doors Friday.

Some of the renovations include poolside hotel rooms mimicking old carports, local eateries and new shops.

The city bought the El Vado Motel along with the Casa Grande Apartments for more than $2 million back in 2010, then gave them to the developer for free a few years ago to finally get them rehabbed. 

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