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#1 May 18, 2012
["EL PASO, Texas —
El Paso residents could see a memorial at the ASARCO smokestacks, that's if a local architect is able to reach a deal with the board of trustees.
Up until a few months the ASARCO smokestacks were to be demolished until a local group called "Save the Stacks" kept that from happening.
Since then local architect Geoffrey Wright has gotten involved with "Save the Stacks" to preserve the smokestacks.
"The stacks are in impressive iconic part of El history." said Wright. "Since it's an incredible structure, we think it's better to save them because once they're gone, they're gone."
Wright has a team of analysts studying the smokestacks, which he says shouldn't cost too much.
"Building cuts keep evolving and the latest codes would want it to be a little bit stiffer than when it was originally built," Said Wright
The smokestacks were built in 1966.
According to Wright, both smokestacks are taller than the Washington Monument, which Wright says are a big part of El Paso history.
Many El Paso residents said they're in favor of having the ASARCO sight cleaned up.
"I think they should be preserved as a landmark and possibly other uses that can be made of them," said Judy Kile.
One option is to make it into an observation deck or a restaurant.
"We would probably like to put a glass elevator on the other side of the stack so people would get a thrill ride up to the top," said Wright, but the smokestacks could still disappear if a deal isn't reached.
"I don't see any costs in keeping them up, but we don't have a final inspection and the final technical results so we need to reserve judgment," said Wright."]
This is what they need to do is make a large park where there could be a large parking area where soccer, baseball/softball/football could be played with year round events. Don't try building anything other than that and have room for other events where people can take a rest on the weekends. Have a skateboard park. A bike course for the teens and young kids to hone their skills.
#2 May 20, 2012
Your last paragraph sounds like what I proposed before; a huge family friendly park where all kinds of sports could be played outdoor or indoor and many kinds of events could be held; outside concerts; people could just come and relax, enjoy their day with the kids, exercise or whatever. And there would be lots of tress and grass fields also.
#3 Apr 25, 2013
Does anyone know what is going to be done with this area now that the demolition has taken place?
#4 Apr 25, 2013
The new ball park should have been put there. Plenty of space for parking for the swapmeet after the new team is run out of town.
#5 Apr 25, 2013
It should still be a park and not any commercial development or residential development. The site is too dangerous for people to live there.
#6 Apr 25, 2013
Then it would be perfect for the ball park, it will be empty any way.
#7 Apr 25, 2013
El Paso should build a gay friendly mall on the ASARCO site. With gay bars, sex shops, a gay cinema and wedding chapels!
I know 99% of the El Paso topix forum would support that idea.
#11 Apr 25, 2013
I hope they have partner membership discounts. Do you want to share a membership with me?
#12 Apr 25, 2013
DJ Jizzy Face, such a cute name. But I'm already committed to the Puppetmaster. Maybe Hector or Ricky can go with you.
#13 Apr 25, 2013
I am not jealus, you can cheat with me. Puppetmaster only like little boys.
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