EL PASO - The El Paso City Council approved leasing a part of the historic Union Depot to the Texas Tech College of Architecture.
The school, currently located at El Paso Community College off Viscount Blvd. will partly move into Union Depot, 700 San Francisco, starting in June 2013 and will eventually occupy 16,000 sf. It will take the place of Sun Metro, which is moving into a new building near Montana Ave. and Global Reach Dr.
The school will have a $1 lease per year on the building — a standard rate for nonprofit organizations — and its maintenance costs will be capped at $100,000 a year. Amtrak will continue to operate at the building.
The deal will possibly put 500 additional people downtown while allowing students to be in the heart of redevelopment and to study in a building on the National Register of Historic Places.
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