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Commission votes unanimously to support Duranguito inclusion in downtown El Paso historic district

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Vacant Duranguito neighborhood properties.

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso’s Historical Landmark Commission voted unanimously Monday to support the inclusion of hundreds of downtown properties into the National Register of Historic Places and designate the area a historic district.

The 6-0 decision by the commission recommends roughly 1,000 properties for the historic district -- including 13 locations in the Duranguito neighborhood. Those Duranguito properties sit in an area where the city plans on building the long-awaited Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center - also known as the arena project. 

Late last year, then-Mayor Dee Margo sent a letter to the Texas Historical Commission saying that the city opposed the inclusion of those Duaranguito sites as part of the National Register nomination.

According to Margo, those 13 properties, which are already under the ownership of the city itself, are damaged and are not of historic value.

The Downtown Management District backed the city's position that those sites should be excluded.

“A recognition to those properties at this point just defies logic," said Downtown Management District Executive Director Joe Gudenrath. "There is no reason to do this according to where we are at right now.”

However, there was also push back to the city's position. El Paso County Commissioner David Stout and others said only five of those buildings have actually been considerably damaged and that they represented a major historic asset to the area.

“Now more than ever in this new normal, we are going to be seeing this when it comes to attracting tourism," said Stout. "I think heritage tourism is really going to play a huge role and so putting ourselves on the map with this district as well at the Segundo Barrio district is very important."

The Historical Landmark Commission's recommendation for the proposed district now goes to a state review board, which will ultimately decide whether to advise approval to the National Parks Service.

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Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is an ABC-7 reporter who co-anchors Good Morning El Paso weekends.

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      1. I’ve already started working with others who are planning to start a fund for just that purpose. Then we will “take it right over to the office”. The people who fail to see the historical significance of this area are the same kind of people who would support a madman sex offender for a president and who would engage in treason, sedition, and insurrection. In other words the scum of the nation.

        1. I agree with you comrade turner. lying senile biden is a madman sex offender engaging in treason with his whole family and supporting sedition of BLMers, antifa and insurrection and taking money from China to enrich him and not this nation. He and you are the scum of the nation. Let me know when you take your 30 dollars to city hall. I’ll match it.

        2. What exactly is the historical significance of the area? The canal that’s under it or the buildings themselves? The properties are owned by the city so it seems like it will be a drawn out expensive battle with only the lawyers benefiting and the building looking the same. I could care less if downtown looks ugly since the rest really isn’t that renovated. I just think the owners of said properties should do whatever they want with their own property

      1. comrade turner already said he is going to sell his dirt farm and little green tractor to support the heritage of rats, mice, roaches, drug addicts, crime in duranguito. alberto pedo muerto wants to go back to live there. Closer to the river.

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