Council Backs out of Proposed Arena Site in Duranguito Neighborhood

El Paso, TX (KTSM) - El Paso City Council listened to nearly four hours of public comment early Tuesday morning before retiring to Executive Session and returning with the decision to pull support for the arena project out of the Duranguito neighborhood.

City Council Representative Cortney Niland moved to look into the feasibility of the El Paso Convention Center as an alternative site for the Multi-Purpose Arena. She assured the public that the residents of Union Plaza would not be displaced by the arena project.

In an additional motion, Lily Limon also added that the Abraham Chavez Theater, which is the proposed site of the proposed  Mexican American Cultural Center would not be considered as an alternative site.

In order for the city to receive $25 million in state incentives, the City must decide to place the arena within 1,000 square feet of the existing convention center site.

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