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Historic Lincoln Center saved
EPCC given one year to make repairs
By: Ruben Veloz, TxDOT
EL PASO, Texas--Those fighting to save El Paso's Lincoln Center can claim a small victory.
Our media partner the El Paso Times reports that the Texas Department of Transportation has given El Paso community college an extension to renovate the historic center.
Just a few days ago, the abandoned building at 4001 Durazno Street was at risk of being torn down, but after last minute negotiations came through, the Lincoln Center still stands, at least for now.
TxDOT gave EPCC one more year to decide if it wants to keep the building and turn it into a learning and recreation center.
Sen. Jose Rodriguez and several other representatives have been fighting to keep the abandoned building from being demolished.
If EPCC agrees to take over the building, they would get it for free, but the college would have to be in charge of maintaining the building.
The historic center, which is need of many repairs also features two historical murals inside which were painted by Mexican artist Carlos Flores.
Conservationists say if nothing is done to save the building, then a part of El Paso's history would be lost.
Rep. Eddie Holguin has also joined in the movement to save the building.
If El Paso community college doesn't sign the agreement one idea is to turn it into a Hispanic cultural center, which originally was proposed to be built in downtown El Paso.