by Michael J. Shapiro | August 01, 2017

Local Update

• Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
 has invested $15 million to renovate and expand its business. The historic farmhouse sits on 25 acres of lavender fields, cottonwood trees and gardens. The building has more than doubled its guest-room capacity, from 22 to 50; the original dairy barns also have been restored and will be incorporated into use for an expanded farm-to-table restaurant, a bar, a bakery and a farm shop, most of which will debut by the end of this month. The property has a variety of meeting and event spaces.

 Late last year, the city's Environmental Planning Commission greenlighted a local entrepreneur's plan to open a "bed and brew," a craft-beer version of the traditional B&B. There's no opening date yet set for the Painted Lady Bed & Brew, but the establishment eventually plans to offer two rooms for rent in the owner's historic home, for a maximum total of six guests. In addition to accommodations, the venue will serve craft beer in an evening session focused on local beers. Albuquerque is proud of its small but distinctive craft-beer scene, with six breweries and taprooms within a 15-minute walk of the Painted Lady.

 Albuquerque International Sunport, the city's airport, is in the midst of a $17 million renovation. The baggage claim and ticket counters are being revamped, and new lighting is being added to the drop-off and pickup areas. Increased airlift to and from the facility already has been announced to coincide with the upgrades.

 The city broke ground in January of this year on the Albuquerque Baseball Complex, a $17.8 million multi-sport establishment that will contain five baseball fields, indoor facilities, a soccer field, concessions, meeting rooms and more. The complex is expected to debut by year's end.