• May 7, 2021
 Open Letter: Keep 13 Duranguito properties eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places

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Open Letter: Keep 13 Duranguito properties eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places

The El Paso City Attorney and the Executive Director of the Downtown Management District (DMD) want the Texas Historical Commission to remove Duranguito from the National Register of Historic Places which would endanger the Downtown National Historic District.

City Attorney Karla Nieman, at the direction of five members of City Council, and Joe Gudenrath, Executive Director of the Downtown Management District (DMD), are attempting to kill the County’s project to establish the Downtown National Historic District. They both wrote letters to the Texas Historical Commission (THC) urging them to exclude 13 “Arena Footprint” properties that are eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places from the proposed district. Yet, they know that any delay in the application process would mean that key deadlines would be missed, the County survey conducted by Hardy-Heck-Moore of Austin would expire, and thus the plan–which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of County employee hours–would be scrapped. Dozens of people have worked on the plan. Let’s not allow two people who have undisclosed motives to kill the plan. The THC is scheduled to take up the matter on January 16th.

We need your support to encourage Mayor Oscar Leeser and Council to call an emergency meeting and keep the Downtown National Historic District intact to include Duranguito!

To read the rest of the article, view the documents and lend your support, click here.  Article originally authored by El Paso News Staff

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