Refined site

Many of us wonder why the new arena cannot be located on the old Asarco land.

It would have easier access and less congestion.

We deserve better


8 Responses to Refined site

  1. Sharon Robinet says:

    It is my beliefs that in order to have a successful Arena, successful Ball Park and Successful and thriving downtown the arena needs to be downtown and within walking distance or trolley distance. Along with the Arena you will growth of ancillary businesses surrounding the downtown area. This will also be the reason we see Hotel expansions, the desperately needed makeover of other Hotels and long dormant Hotels being renovated. This is going to provide new jobs, improve El Paso’s economy and bring tourism to the City. The Arena will be successful if it is within walking distance of Hotels, restaurants, night life and shops.


    • Disgusted says:

      As I understand it, downtown investors get to have their cake and eat it too. Incremental property tax revenue for any increased valuations in downtown get totally invested in downtown. Meanwhile, tax dollars paid by the rest of us are also subsidizing downtown development, while streets and services outside of dowtown are deteriorating. That’s far from equitable.


  2. Casual Observer says:

    Asarco is not close enough to the buildings, hotels, restaurants and other downtown stuff that friends of city council have invested in. This is only about increasing the value of downtown properties.

    That’s why they’re going to spend tens of millions for a new facility when the Haskins Center, which is near downtown, already seats 12,200. This will just end up cannibalizing events from the Don.


  3. The Oracle says:

    THAT’s the wrong reason to build ANYTHING.
    So, a hollow building, any building, within 1000 ft of the Civic Center gets 25 million?
    There is something VERY VERY WRONG with this picture.
    So, stuck with a downtown arena FOREVER because JUST at this stage in State politics, they get 25 million?
    ( Not EVEN considering that an Arena would be more accessible NOT in downtown.)
    No one WANTS to attend ANYTHING. . . . . DOWNTOWN.
    Its a pain in the butt.


  4. Its about 25 million dollars says:


    Despite pressure to reconsider the site for a Downtown arena, El Paso City Council members are committed to the controversial Union Plaza location – and now want build a more expensive arena with 15,000 seats.

    That’s because building the arena within 1,000 feet of the El Paso Convention Center would allow the city to recover about $25 million in sales tax paid to the state, city Rep. Cortney Niland said Friday.

    Niland said an additional $25 million is an important reason for sticking with the Union Plaza site immediately south of the convention center.

    “We would lose it if we picked the other site,” she said.


  5. Tim Collins says:

    Didn’t UTEP just acquire that property?


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