Dear Friends and Media,
I have attached to this email the lawsuit that was filed in Travis County by four developers who are suing the Texas Historical Commission to “postpone” the nomination of Downtown El Paso to the National Register of Historic Places.
As you know, yesterday the THC State Board of Review voted unanimously to recommend advancing the nomination to the National Park Service in Washington, D. C. for final approval. Aaron Montes of KTSM 9 News has published the most complete coverage. See also Crowder’s report in the El Paso Inc, Carrillo’s report in El Diario de El Paso, Burge’s report for KVIA, and the El Paso Herald-Post. I also refer you to Wright’s blog post. Noticeably missing is any coverage at all by the El Paso Times.
During the meeting, it was announced that several developers filed a lawsuit against the Texas Historical Commission on January 15. You can read for yourself the attached brief. The plaintiffs seem to be companies owned and/or managed by Rubin/Frank, Fernandez, Restrepo/Assael, and Hunt. The media need to verify this.
The attached petition is not file-stamped and, to my knowledge, a court has not yet been assigned.
Enjoy your Sunday,
Max Grossman, PhD
Board of Directors, Preservation Texas
Vice-Chair, The Trost Society
Co-Chair, Restore Sacred Heart Church