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Lincoln Center to be demolished

By: Jamel Valencia
EL PASO, Texas -- The historic Lincoln Center in south-central El Paso will be demolished as stated in a letter to Sen. Jose Rodriguez from The Texas Department of Transportation.

The decision to get rid of the unoccupied building was made as part of plans to create new interchanges between Interstate 10, U.S. 54 and the Border Highway, according to the letter addressed to Rodriguez.

TxDOT officials determined that the structure located near the Spaghetti Bowl would require a significant amount of maintenance and rehabilitation.

"This is a slap in the face to all those who have worked long and hard in good faith with TxDOT to come up with a solution that serves the entire community," Rodriguez said in his response to TxDOT. "It certainly shakes my faith in the agency, which has a long road ahead as it struggles to restore public confidence eroded by huge budget deficits, lack of vision to embrace 21st-century transportation options, failure to maintain rural roads, questionable proposals to allow foreign companies to tax Texas drivers and other issues."

Protestors will have their Last Stand for Lincoln Center protest at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Lincoln Center has been owned by TxDOT since 1969.

TxDOT letter to Senator Jose Rodriguez about Lincoln Center
Rodriguezs response to TxDOT