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Church Does Not Want Impound Lot in Backyard

POSTED: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 7:40pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:26pm

EL PASO--- A plot of empty land on Valley Crest Dr. could one day be filled with towed cars.

A one-stop-shop impound lot, where drivers will no longer have to make two stops to get their cars back.

But the idea is now being reconsidered by El Paso City Council.
Thanks in part to Pastor Charles Nieman of Abundant Living Faith church.

"Why put it in the middle of an already heavily used industrial area with a church that has over 2,400 cars coming down that road every weekend? " asked Nieman, whose church sits right in front of the proposed site...

Nearby, is also the church's elementary and high schools.
Children who cross here will be in more danger, if more traffic rolls through, said Nieman.

"This is not the only location the city has available to them. If there's anything we have in the City of El Paso, it's land," he said.

Yet District 7 Rep. Steve Ortega says the land, owned by the city, is already zoned for industrial use.
So, at one point or another, it'll be used for such a purpose, said Ortega.

Yet, certain points presented at the Council meeting persuaded council members to eventually postpone their decision, in hopes of finding other solutions to the problem.

"I understand their concern. We're going to go back to the drawing board, see if there's other places that can accommodate this use for the city, and serve the citizens as well," said Ortega.

That could mean requesting bids from wrecking companies, or finding a new location for the lot altogether.
But that doesn't mean the lot on Valley Crest Dr. won't still be considered, said Ortega.

Thus, leaving a church to wait and see what its city will do.

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