City of El Paso asks TxDOT for control of Lincoln Center
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The fate of the Lincoln Center is still yet to be decided, but the City of El Paso has stepped forward and vocalized its intent to take it over. Council sent a letter to TxDOT and have yet to hear back on the decision.
The Lincoln Center was closed in 2006 after heavy flooding damaged it. Last year, the city gave the building to TxDOT, recommending the building be demolished. But TxDOT gave the "Lincoln Conservation Committee" until October 1st to reach an agreement with El Paso Community College to take over the building. The group did not meet the deadline, but after negotiations, TxDOT officials decided to give the committee another year to find a new owner.
After many community members spoke up, City Representative Eddie Holguin brought it to city council for a vote and it passed.
"The fight's not over yet. We still need to acquire the building and we need to continue to move forward and make sure we utilize the facility and bring it back to its former glory," said Holguin.
Holguin said he would like to turn the building into a Chicano cultural studies center for the community.