This coming Monday, City Council will meet to discuss (and possibly take action) on accepting a grant to do an historic survey of downtown so that the El Paso downtown can be nominated for National Registry status and become a National Historic District. Becoming such does not obligate any owner to do anything. If an owner chooses to restore a building to its historic integrity, then she would have access to 45% of the project costs.
Please try to attend the meeting on June 20 at 9PM at City Hall. Please also consider contacting your city representative. A contact list is HERE.
Documents supporting seeking National Registry status can be found with links below. Peruse or read them thoroughly. You will easily see the advantage of having our downtown become a National Historic District.
The documents in the folder with link above are:
April 29, 2015 letter from Senator José Rodríguez to the Mayor and City Council supporting an historic preservation policy.
May 28, 2015 letter from Adair Margo supporting a National Historic District for downtown El Paso.
Letter from Steve Sandowsky, Historic Preservation Officer of Austin, TX supporting the survey.
Office of Economic Development, Dallas Texas report
Dallas Downtown Connection TIF District 2014 Annual Report
Letter from Eric Liefeld, President of the Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc. urging Mayor and City Council and City Manager to value historical buildings in El Paso.
Letter to Max Grossman from Lloyd C. Engelbrecht, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati urging the historic survey.
Letter from Mark Wolfe, TX Historic Commission, pointing out the rich heritage El Paso has in its downtown historic buildings.
Letter from Catherine Gorman, Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Galveston touting their experience. [I've been there on a weeknight and the areas are crowded.]
Historic Preservation Essential to the Economy and Quality of Life in San Antonio, Feb. 18, 2015
Letter from David Bush, Deputy Directory of Preservation Houston giving financial benefits of having an Historic District.
Letter from Shanon Shea Miller, Historic Preservation Officer of San Antonio giving financial benefits of having an Historic District.
Letter from Leah Wood, President of Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association, urging El Paso to be pro-active and preserve history.
Letter from Geoffrey Wright, Wright and Dalbin Architects, Inc. of El Paso strongly supporting the creation of a national historic district in downtown El Paso.
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