Asarco Property on Doniphan Dr. in El Paso, TX

The following is an email from Gabriel Z. Flores to the Site Trustee, Roberto Puga. Mr. Puga’s response is bolded.

Mr. Robert Puga,

I am Gabriel Z. Flores from Reliance Maint. & Testing L.L.C. that has done some business with the Asarco site in El Paso, Tx in the past.

First of all Happy New Year to you & all at the old Asarco site. Mr. Puga, I am very interested in the property on Doniphan Dr. that holds a Blue building probably used for storage. I would like to to be part of the bidding when the Property becomes available in the Future.

I am very familiar with the area since I was raised in Smeltertown, and my family lived in the community for over 60 years.

All my family worked at Asarco since the early 1900’s and my grandfather, my dad, and all my brothers. I am the only one in the family that did not have the privilege to work at Asarco.

My plans for the property is for my company and also to try to house the Old VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 9173, that was formed in Smeltertown in 1949, by Ex employees of Asarco and now also run by sons of those employees myself being a member of the VFW as a Vietnam Veteran. Please send me an email as to the steps I need to take to be part of this process. Again, thank you for everything and I hope I can buy this property to keep the Smeltertown spirit and history alive. We at Smeltertown are very proud to have been a part of this community with its history.

You may already know that the Christ erected in the mountain behind Smeltertown toward Mexico & New Mexico was built by the Parish and people of Smeltertown, and some family members of this town are still members of the organization that does the upkeep of the mountain and monument.

Gabriel Z. Flores
Reliance Maint. & Testing L.L.C.

Mr. Puga’s response:

Dear Mr. Flores,

Thank you for your interest in the Trust’s properties.

Currently, the Trust is concentrating on the demolition and clean-up tasks, and has not listed the properties for sale. I do want to note that the Trust is not planning on subdividing the major parcels of property; The Trust will be looking for buyers interested in acquiring all or most of the property and developing it in accordance with the City’s conceptual vision.

Any announcements concerning the sale of the properties will be posted on the Trust’s website, which is:

Roberto Puga

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