Old Saddle Blanket Site May be Future of Artist Housing

Old Saddle Blanket Site May be Future of Artist Housing
Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 4:25pm

City Council held a special meeting this morning targeting possible housing for artists downtown and bringing back the aggressive solicitation ordinance.

The city is applying for $11 million worth of tax credits from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

The city is looking at the old Saddle Blanket building as a place for local artists to live and have a gallery to showcase their work.

"If you look at successful downtowns across the country every sings successful one has a good residential component to it," Mayor John Cook said. "We've had some residential projects in the downtown area but not enough to really give us that to bring life to downtown El Paso in the evenings."

The city is also is trying to bring back the aggressive solicitation ordinance. The ordinance prohibits people from being overly aggressive when pandandling limits where solicitation can take place and prohibits panhandling on streets and medians.

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