Albuquerque Rail Yard Redevelopment to be Influenced by Wheels Museum says Construction Reporter
Industry: Commerical Building
Wheels Transportation Museum is represented on the Rail Yards Advisory Board and included in the Rail Yards Master Plan with more space for their expanding collections.
Albuquerque, NM (PRUnderground) July 1st, 2015
Wheels Museum is based out of 21,000 feet inside the old Freight House, and has served as an educational nonprofit for about 20 years, helping people understand and celebrate the rich history of the Rail Yards area. It is currently not open to the public due to code issues which they are working steadily to resolve with the city.
Yet the leadership behind the museum is determined to play a role in the redevelopment of the Rail Yards. Founder and president of Wheels Leba Freed describes the shops within the Rail Yards area as “industrial masterpieces of buildings.” She points out that they once employed up to 700 workers who repaired up to 40 steam locomotives per month.
Freed sits on the Rail Yards Advisory Board, offering input of the on selection of developers and other factors related to how the site will be developed. Freed says that her museum’s collection has a value of $1 million and that they need larger quarters to house their pieces.
According to Wheels Board Member Jim Duffeild, the entire history of Albuquerque is tied to the rail yards. He also notes that the Rail Yarda Master plan encompasses Wheels, with more space than they currently have.
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