City Revokes Lease For East El Paso Shopping Center
POSTED: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 9:43pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 3:07pm
EL PASO - Businesses in a popular shopping center may be forced out in next coming months, including a controversial bar.
Tuesday, the City Council voted 6-2 to revoke the lease of the Hawkins Business Plaza.
The city and airport own the land and leased it out to a developer, who then leased out the property to business owners.
Council leaders say the developer did not meet his obligation of to keep the shopping center a "first-class shopping center."
One business in particular, the 3-Legged-Monkey, has been in the spotlight; especially after a shooting that killed a Fort Bliss soldier this year.
Neighbors in the Cielo Vista area have complained over the years about noise and parking issues associated with the bar.
The owner of the 3-Legged Monkey, Michael Armstrong, says he doesn't agree with the decision.
"I think it sends a strong message to all small business owners. I think it basically tells them that you could be bullied by the city. You can be doing everything right and the city will still take action," said Armstrong.
The developer has 30 days to show council he is complying with the lease.
After that, council will make an assessment and possibly go to court.