Court strikes down push to put historic designation issue on arena in Nov. ballot

Partially demolished buildings in Union Plaza.(KFOX14/CBS4)

The push to put a petition in the November ballot that would potentially designate city-owned properties within the Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center as a historic district was denied by The Texas Supreme Court.

According to city officials, the Texas Supreme Court, ruled in favor of the city in a lawsuit started by retired Houston oilman J.P Bryan and Max Grossman.

The case was originally filed with the Eighth Court of Appeals in El Paso and it asked the city to place a petition on the November ballot to try and zone the city properties as historic in an effort to halt demolition to make way for the voter approved MPC.

The Texas Supreme Court transferred the lawsuit to the San Antonio Court of Appeals.

“This ruling is a testament to the great work our attorneys and city staff are doing in relation to the project’s development. Our community can rest assured that this voter-approved signature bond project is being built in compliance with state laws and we will continue to abide by state regulations as the project advances,” Mayor Dee Margo said.

Last year, a ruling issued by an Austin Court allowed the city to continue to build the project in the Union Plaza area. The same court order validated the bond election and confirmed that voters authorized the city to use general obligation bonds to build the facility in downtown.

The project for the MPC was approved by voters in 2012.

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