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Nov 8, 2017

El Paso County Court Makes Expansive Ruling On Building Upgrade

 A ruling has been handed down in El Paso fining the owner of a well-known downtown landmark to either upgrade the building, or pay a fine of $1.2 million.

Judge Linda Chew of the 327th District Court for El Paso County has decreed that the owner of the nearly 100 year-old building at 105 N. Stanton Street must bring the 7-story building up to code within the next 90 days.

That building was designed by famous architect Henry Trost, and served for decades as the offices, workspace, and showroom for the American Furniture Company.

El Paso businessman and developer William Abraham, the owner of the Caples Land Company, also of El Paso, purchased the property more than a decade ago with plans to redevelop it.

Those plans have never been realized. According to documents filed with the City of El Paso’s Building and Standards Commission, the structure, which is made of reinforced concrete, is in need of a series of HVAC, plumbing, and electrical updates.

In handing down her decision, Judge Chew reduced a fine of $2.1 million recommended by the Building and Standards Commission to $1.2 million.

Abraham, who owns several historic properties in downtown El Paso, has said that he will appeal the Judge’s ruling.

 

By Garry Boulard

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