INCREDIBLE NEWS!!!!!!!!! EL PASO COUNTY WILL PROCEED WITH AN ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY OF DOWNTOWN EL PASO, WHICH WILL BE NOMINATED FOR A NATIONAL HISTORIC DISTRICT!!!!!!!!
WE NEED THE PUBLIC TO SHOW ITS SUPPORT AND ATTEND THE VOTE IN THE COMMISSIONERS COURT, THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 9:30AM IN THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 500 E. SAN ANTONIO AVE., ROOM 303.
El Paso County, led by Commissioner David Stout of Precinct 2 and Judge Veronica Escobar, have stepped up to the plate in order to implement this common-sense plan to reignite the economy of downtown El Paso, restore our precious historic buildings, stimulate tourism, and honor our culture and history. Owners of income-producing historic properties in the new National Historic District will have access to federal and state tax credits that will pay for up to 45% of the cost of renovations, without otherwise imposing any regulatory burden whatsoever! Most other cities in Texas already have this in place and are reaping hundreds of millions of $$$ in new investment. We need to catch up!
PLEASE COME AND JOIN US THIS MONDAY! THIS IS OUR DOWNTOWN, OUR CITY, AND OUR FUTURE. JOIN US AT THIS HISTORIC MOMENT!
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HERE IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE COUNTY PRESS RELEASE:
El Paso – The El Paso County Commissioners Court on Monday, February 8, will consider funding and procuring a historic and architectural resources survey. The proposed initiative is to inventory historic buildings, structures, and landmarks in Downtown El Paso, Chihuahuita, and Segundo Barrio in an effort to promote historic preservation, spur economic development, and increase heritage tourism.
The proposal calls for funding the survey using hotel occupancy tax or HOT revenues, not general fund dollars, in an amount not to exceed $140,000. However, grants will be sought to reduce the County’s financial commitment.
“This survey will allow us to understand the historical and architectural assets our community has, which will help future preservation efforts that tell our community’s story about where we came from, and more importantly, where we are going,” Commissioner David Stout said. If approved, a historic resources survey could lead to the designation of a national historic district in Downtown El Paso, Chihuahuita, and Segundo Barrio. A national historic district designation has the potential to make income-producing property owners in that district eligible to receive state and federal historic tax credits worth up to 45 percent of the cost to rehabilitate their properties.
“A national historic district designation also has the potential to strengthen, increase, and incentivize preservation and revitalization efforts in Downtown El Paso and beyond,” Commissioner Stout added.
This has been a collaborative project with members of the El Paso County Historical Commission and has received the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Texas Historical Commission. Bradford Patterson, Director of Community Heritage Development at the Texas Historical Commission, will attend the Commissioners Court meeting to discuss the importance of this survey and answer any questions the Court or members of the public may have.
In addition, a previous attempt to pursue a similar survey by the City of El Paso received letters of support from a range of institutions, experts, and stakeholders, including State Senator José Rodríguez, the City of San Antonio, the City of Austin, the City of Galveston, the Tom Lea Institute, Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc., the Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association, the El Paso Preservation Alliance, Preservation Houston, Wright & Dalbin Architects, Inc., and In*Situ Architecture. [*Letters of support have recently been submitted by Lane Gaddy, Madhavan Nair, Gil Kimmelman, Roger Brown, Jennifer de la Rosa, and Lloyd Hamilton].
“This initiative falls well within the County’s goals to place greater emphasis on policies and strategies that promote growth and economic development, while preserving our County’s rich and deep history,” said Commissioner Stout.
In addition to Commissioner Stout, El Paso County Historical Commission members, Bernard Sargent and Dr. Max Grossman, will make themselves available for media interviews.