City negotiates with investors to transform Cohen Stadium

City negotiates with investors to transform Cohen Stadium

POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 6:13pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 7:59pm

Now that the Diablos have thrown their last pitch at Cohen Stadium, negotiations are heating up at City Hall about what to do with the empty ballpark.

At a meeting Tuesday afternoon, city council members discussed several possible options to transform Cohen into an entertainment facility.

Council members discussed the plans in closed session and remained very tight-lipped about what kind of facility may be built - there have been talks of a waterpark being built where Cohen stadium now stands.

But, City Manager Joyce Wilson said the ballpark itself will not be demolished and that the stadium will instead be used for something else.

"We're going to move pretty quickly because we've got an existing lease and I know they have other plans as well so we want to be sensitive to that," said Wilson.

The City of El Paso owns the entire 50 acre complex.

According to Wilson, there are several proposals on the table for what to do with the stadium and the land surrounding it.

The city is currently negotiating with investors, and while they cannot reveal what kinds of projects are being proposed, City Representative Carl Robinson said it'll all be good news for the Northeast.

Robinson also mentioned Paul Foster and the Tiguas are not involved in any of the projects.

Wilson is expected to return to council within 30 to 45 days with more information about the projects after conducting initial due diligence.

In addition to the entertainment facility, the city is considering a proposal to relocate a big business to another city-owned lot on Dyer.

The city has not released the name of that business.

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