Just hours after the demolition of several historic structures in the Duranguito neighborhood started as a precursor to the eventual construction of a $180 million multi-purpose arena, an appeals court stepped in to stop the process.
The Texas Eighth District Court of Appeals issued a cease and desist order halting any further demolition activity for the time being.
At the same time, Cecilia “Cissy” Lizarraga, a member of the El Paso City Council, has announced that she plans to introduce a resolution calling for the immediate revocation of any current demolition permits for the neighborhood.
Some opponents of the project have vowed to maintain a 24-hour watch in the neighborhood to ward off any further demolition activity.
El Paso Mayor Dee Margo has said in response to the court order that the city remains committed to building the new arena in Duranguito, noting that it was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2012 as one of El Paso’s Quality of Life bonds projects.
The City of El Paso has until early next week to officially respond to the cease and desist court order.
By Garry Boulard
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