City issues demolition notices near Downtown MPC footprint

El Paso News
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The City of El Paso is moving closer to beginning demolition in Downtown El Paso to accommodate its Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center (MPC).

City officials issued demolition notices on Monday to property owners and residents within 300 feet of the MPC’s footprint, according to a news release.

Officials say the official demolition date of the city-owned properties has not yet been set. The City has agreed not to demolish any of the properties before Monday, Nov. 19.

According to the release, the next step in the center’s development is the second phase of the archeological study, which involves ground penetrating radar and excavation.

Officials say the Texas Historical Commission has already granted the City a permit to carry out the archeological and historical investigation and review.

As KTSM has reported, the MPC is the largest of the three signature bond projects approved by voters in 2012.

According to officials, a total of 102,358 people voted in its favor, which represents 71.67 percent of votes cast in the election.

The City maintains that the ordinance calling for the election stated the MPC would be located in Downtown El Paso.

Last week, the Third Court of Appeals in Austin issued a judgment authorizing the MPC to host sporting events. The judgment also states that the city can use outside funding to help source the construction. 

“This is a monumental win for the City of El Paso! The ruling means we can deliver a multipurpose facility that El Pasoans overwhelming voted for and approved in 2012 – an MPC that accommodates performing arts and other entertainment, including sports,” Mayor Dee Margo said.

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