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El Paso Utility Eyeing Downtown Move

El Paso Water is considering moving the city’s water utility headquarters from East El Paso to the CBD, from where it moved 25 years ago. Nothing has been decided as yet; the only thing for certain is that the utility’s 48,900-square-foot building at 1154 Hawkins Blvd. has grown too small for its 152 employees. El Paso Water’s CEO John Balliew told the El Paso Times that, in addition, the roof and HVAC system need to be replaced, along with other renovations.

The utility has requested that property owners and developers identify buildings or vacant land in the downtown area that could be purchased for a new headquarters. The utility is also having an assessment done of the Hawkins building, to determine the cost of repairs and renovations. The list of site options is expected to be presented to the Public Service Board on Nov. 8, 2017.

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