A group from the Chamizal neighborhood in South-Central El Paso called Familias Unidas del Chamizal protested at City Hall Tuesday against the El Paso Independent School District’s plans for a new bus hub at Bowie High School.
As KTSM has reported, EPISD plans to make the baseball field at Bowie High School into a hub for 120 school buses.
Since EPISD’s headquarters are expected to move, the central hub will be relocated to Bowie High School’s baseball field, according to the district. A new baseball field is currently under construction at the school.
“When they talk about the pollution in El Paso, the highest concentration of pollution is in the chamizal area because of that border,” said Hilda Villegas, a member of Familias Unidas del Chamizal.
Villegas said this was not the first time the group has taken the issue to City Council, but have been told it is exempt from the zoning ordinance.
“They’re playing with our children’s lives we’re not just talking about an aesthetic complaint, we’re talking about children being exposed to harmful fumes on a daily basis twice or three times a day,” said Villegas.
Council did not take action on the topic. The City’s Planning and Inspection spokesperson told KTSM the transportation facility at Bowie would need to be addressed by EPISD.