NM motel where Microsoft began being redeveloped

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Route 66 motor lodge where Bill Gates and Paul Allen launched Microsoft is being redeveloped into apartments as part of a neighborhood revival project.

Officials broke ground Thursday on the redevelopment of the Sundowner Uhuru Apartment Complex.

The federal-funded project will create 70 apartments for veterans, the homeless, mixed-income residents, and residents with special needs in Albuquerque.

Built in 1960, Gates and Allen lived at the Sundowner Motel where they wrote a version of the programming language BASIC for a company called MITS in the 1970s. The motel served as Microsoft's first office before the pair moved the company to the Seattle-area.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says the motel was "ground zero" for the personal computer revolution and needs to be redeveloped for history.


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