It seems that Las Palmas hospital and the residents of the Rim road area have come to a settlement.
The city issued building permits that allowed Las Palmas to build a $67 million dollar facility.
After the facility was built the city refused to issue certificates of occupancy because of a parking capacity problem.
The permits should not have been issued but they were.
Many prominent residents of the Rim road area objected to allowing the building to be opened without additional parking being provided.
The hospital was stuck with a brand new expensive building that it could not open.
The paragraph below comes from a document proposing a settlement between the hospital and the neighborhood association.
Word on the street is that Las Palmas had to cough up some part of the $653,500 in order to get the residents to drop their objections.
At that point parking capacity was evidently no longer a problem.
The issue sailed through city council without mention of the financial settlement. If granting a parking variance made sense it should have been granted without city council helping the neighborhood association to extract the extra money.
The way I see it city council helped the neighborhood to extort the money from Las Palmas. Shame on them.
Word will get around. Companies thinking about coming to El Paso will wonder what the city will do to them.
We deserve better