An old Downtown concert venue is transforming into the newest location for an El Paso church.
The former Tricky Falls building on El Paso Street will become Abundant Living Faith Center’s (ALFC) new Downtown location.
Pastor Shannon Nieman confirms the church acquired building a couple of weeks ago. She says they’ve been doing outreach in Segundo Barrio and Downtown for years and jumped on the opportunity to open a new location in the heart of the city.
“So many fantastic things are happening in the area, as you know, with bringing Downtown back to life and all this new stuff that’s going on,” Nieman said. “So it’s a really big honor for us to be in that area.”
In an interview with the El Paso Inc., Pastor Jared Nieman said: “What was once an ungodly place and was used as a bar and things like that, we will be able to turn into a church.”
Nearby tenants responded to this comment.
“He could have his opinion, everyone has a right to have an opinion,” Julio Pizana, a tattoo aprentice at Golden Goose Tattoo, said. “We’re friendly and nice if he gets to meet us then we’ll just shake his hand.”
The new location is currently next door to the tattoo shop and a bar, B-17 Bombers Oyster Bar is nearby.
“It’s up to them (ALFC), they already knew what was next to them so if they already know their surroundings and they are okay with it then that should be fine,” Pizana said.
Downtown organizations also told KTSM their reactions to the new church moving in.
“We hate to see tricky falls go, they were a great downtown tenant, a great entertainment venue, a lot of El Pasoans visited the venue over the years and so we are going to miss them,” Joe Gudenrath, the Executive Director of the Downtown Management District, said.
However, Gudenrath says it will bring a new group of people to the Downtown El Paso area.
“We love to see new interest in downtown and new opportunities, the new church coming in will provide a new group of folks to experience downtown and take in everything we have to offer,” Gudenrath said.
The executive director added that a new group of people coming in will benefit the area, saying they will not only contribute to the downtown resurgence, but also experience the cultural aspects of the area.
“They’re amongst so many other opportunities whether it’s shopping, cultural, entertainment, food and drink will be available at neighboring eestablishments so I think downtown will benefit from their prescence, but they will benefit from downtown as well,” Gudenrath said.
The non-denominational church already has two locations in East and West El Paso.
Tricky Falls shut down in October. The building needs to be renovated, and there’s no timeline yet for when the church will open.