De Soto Hotel owner shares plan for property after fire

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Following the historic De Soto Resort in Downtown El Paso caught hearth in February, the hotel’s owner tells KTSM he designs to move ahead with renovation designs and does not need to demolish the developing.

As KTSM formerly documented, a key hearth broke out at the resort in early February, severely detrimental the building, primarily the fourth flooring and the roof.

The El Paso Fire Marshal’s Office was unable to identify a trigger for the hearth in accordance to a report launched on March 23.

Rogelio Gonzalez, the operator of the De Soto Resort, informed KTSM he ideas to go forward with his renovation ideas and was reapplying for a new incentive proposal.

“Right now we need to do some demolition inside and then from there we’re heading to start off constructing the roof and anything we have to have to do,” Gonzalez explained.

Laura Cruz-Acosta, a spokesperson with the Town of El Paso, informed KTSM in an e mail, that the Town is performing with the Gonalez to reassess the fiscal need to have connected with the rehabilitation of the assets, taking into account enhanced fees resulting from fireplace harm.

Cruz-Acosta reported any new incentive proposal must be accepted by the Metropolis Council just before going ahead.

Gonzalez explained to KTSM he did not know what the fees had been at this place as a final result of the hearth problems.

“It’s 1 of all those factors as you development and get started working on it you start off looking at the quantities for the reason that all materials charges are switching from week to week,” Gonzalez mentioned.

The proprietor explained he continue to would like to make it a boutique lodge which was his original renovation strategy.

Gonzales acquired the setting up in 2019 and was preparing to provide it back to lifestyle with Metropolis of El Paso incentives.

On December 14, 2021, the El Paso Town Council unanimously authorized a 380 Economic Enhancement Application Settlement. Underneath the terms of the settlement, the house proprietor would have created a minimal $1,200,000 expense and the Town would have supported the challenge in the type of property tax rebates, construction products sales tax rebates, and permit charge rebates produced from the making advancements. 

In total, $109,000 in community incentives and grants (a lot more than two-thirds of which is attributed to City incentives) ended up dedicated to supporting the restoration and rehabilitation of the developing into a 34-unit lodge with a to start with-flooring storefront.

“I was just striving to provide some perform and some chances for the men and women of El Paso keep almost everything neighborhood, assistance out the neighborhood,” Gonzalez mentioned.

In accordance to the structural inspection report performed by More difficult Structural Engineering, most of the ground structures from the first by fourth flooring are intact.

“It is advisable that the exterior partitions higher than the 4th ground be braced to protect against collapse, and any loose brick together the parapet of the creating should really be taken out. When the exterior partitions earlier mentioned the 4th flooring are braced, particles from the fire/h2o as well as any free wall and ceiling coverings should really be removed.”

More difficult Structural Engineering inspection report

Past Protection OF THE DE SOTO Fire

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