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NPT Capitol: Quintanilla passes bill for “massive industrial park” in East El Paso

State Rep Chente Quintanilla had a bill sent to the governor over the weekend which would create a “massive industrial park” in far east El Paso County near Tornillo near the U.S. Mexico border.

“This is a very important project that will create substantial job growth with a great potential for economic prosperity. The purpose of this management district is to manage and develop the Tornillo Business Park,” Quintanilla said in a press release. “With the natural opportunity for other business growth, Tornillo should see new restaurants and retail stores opening during the next decade.”

Read the full press release after the jump

–Ben Wright

For Immediate Release
May 29, 2009
For More Information, Contact Robert Grijalva 512-463-0613 Cell: 915-227-5846

Quintanilla Bill Authorizing Massive Industrial Park Passes to the Governor

Austin, TX–House Bill 4759, authored by State Rep. Chente Quintanilla, passed its final hurdle in the legislature today and is now headed to Governor Perry for his signature. The bill codifies the creation of the Tornillo Municipal Management District. The location of the district is in far east El Paso county.

“This is a very important project that will create substantial job growth with a great potential for economic prosperity. The purpose of this management district is to manage and develop the Tornillo Business Park,” Quintanilla said. “The project will now be the catalyst for more economic development toward the city of El Paso instead of the development coming from El Paso.”

The Tornillo Business Park will be located on 1,376 acres of currently desolate land between Interstate 10 and Texas Highway 20. In comparison, Cielo Vista Mall sits on less than 100 acres. The boundaries of the district also connect to an existing railroad line which further enhances its potential. The business park is intended to capitalize on the opening of the new international bridge located west of the township of Tornillo. With the completion of the new roadway from the bridge to I-10, the business park is strategically located to be a major service point for trucks and freight transported by train.

James Feagin, President of the Tornillo Management, LLC, expressed his appreciation to this office earlier. “We are grateful for the assistance from Representative Quintanilla. This project has great potential and we anticipate great things from the business park. El Paso County stands to benefit greatly from this gold mine.”

“I am very excited about the potential for new businesses and jobs in this very poor community. Our school district will be a big winner as well. With the natural opportunity for other business growth, Tornillo should see new restaurants and retail stores opening during the next decade.” Quintanilla also expressed his gratitude to the investors: “I am very grateful to the officers of Tornillo Management, LLC, for their efforts in working with the Tornillo Water Improvement District and with the Tornillo Independent School District. They, the officers, have shown their intent to be excellent corporate partners with our community. This is the best thing to happen in Tornillo in many years. I now look forward to working with the County of El Paso and the Texas Department of Transportation to put into place an improved infrastructure that facilitates traffic for the Business Park.”

The Texas State Constitution provides for the creation of special districts that will have a very positive benefit to the area within the district. Under sections 52 and 52-a of Article III and section 59 of Article XVI, the state will authorize a special district if it is created to serve a public purpose and benefit. The Business Park, authorized to impose taxes, but only within its boundaries, will be its own source of development dollars as the project continues. Also, the taxing authority, and other authorities such bond issuance, is strictly regulated by the state but in such a manner that allows flexibility and growth.

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 31, 2009 at 10:19 am

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