TXDot removes demolition trucks from Lincoln Center
POSTED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 1:01pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 4:55pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — What some call ‘El Corazon del Paso’ or ‘The Heart of El Paso’, in English, is safe for another day. TXDot had planned on demolishing the over 100-year-old Lincoln Center building within the next two weeks. The agency had placed a fence around the building on Tuesday prompting community members from all over El Paso to hold vigil at the site on Durazno Avenue.
Following an emergency City Council meeting Tuesday night, the City of El Paso filed an injunction against TXDot Wednesday morning. That injunction prevented TXDot from tearing the Lincoln Center down. Demolition crews removed their trucks from the area to a crowd of protesters who cheered as they drove away.
City Representatives Lily Limon and Eddie Holguin were present at Wednesday’s demonstration. Limon told us she will be contacting TXDot and working with them to set up a meeting between city leaders, the agency, and community members.
Protesters are calling this a ‘small victory’ but say the fight to save the Lincoln Center isn’t over.
TxDot released this statement: "TxDOT is suspending all actions in the initial phase of the demolition of the Lincoln Center. While the condition and location of the building remain a concern for TxDOT, our contractor has ceased operations while the courts consider the matter."
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