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New court order revokes demolition permits given to Union Plaza property owners

Partially demolished building in Union Plaza neighborhood (KFOX14/CBS4)

Demolition has halted in the Union Plaza neighborhood due to a new court order.

There is a gaping hole in the Art Academy building on Chihuahua Street and Overland Avenue.

Demolition has stopped in the neighborhood because of the newest court order that was issued just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The emergency order states the city of El Paso must halt the demolition of the eight properties in the Union Plaza neighborhood.

"They can no longer say that private property owners are going about their business, which is not the city's business," said Max Grossman, historian.

The order also stated that the city must suspend any demolition permits for the buildings in the area, also pertaining to the private property owners.

"Now, the private property owners have been deprived of their demolition permits, that have been issued by the city," said Grossman.

Grossman's attorney, Lisa Hobbs, told KFOX14 she believes the city violated the order that was handed down on Monday, by bringing equipment out to start demolition.

She said the city was controlling the private property owners.

Hobbs also said the city will probably file a response to this order by Monday.

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