Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Turntable's New SPIN.

Byline: K.C. Mason Journal Staff Writer

A Community Bank building now stands over a bit of the city's railroad history

A new Community Bank building that covers all but a 12-degree wedge of an old railroad turntable opens for business Tuesday near the northeast corner of Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street.

Bank employees and professional movers are taking advantage of the Martin Luther King holiday today to complete the move from a leased location a block away on Cerrillos Road.

Bank President Jim Kruger is hoping a railroad motif built into the interior and exterior design will soften the disappointment of those who wanted to preserve the rail-yard relic.

Kruger said changing the design from pueblo style to something more reflective of the city's railroad history was "the right thing to do." He said the change added about $200,000 to the $3.5 million project, including the price of the land.

"We had to make sure we had the city's support and maintained community sensitivity to the issue," he said.

Construction was delayed for about four months in 1999 while the city and the nonprofit Santa Fe Railyard Community Corp. …

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