Community meeting to discuss former Asarco Copper Smelter site


EL PASO, Texas —

A community meeting Thursday will discuss a new purpose for the former Asarco Copper Smelter site.

UTEP President Diana Natalicio and UT system officials are considering making this area a part of UTEP’s campus.

But first, the area will need to be cleaned up at a cost of about $82 million, according to our media partners at The El Paso Times.

University of Texas officials are negotiating to buy about 460 acres from the Asarco Texas Custodial Trust.

The Times also reports there are other parties that have expressed interest in the site, but tonight’s meeting will only focus on the deal with the UT System.

The community meeting will be Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the El Paso Downtown Public Library on North Oregon Street.