HABLA press conference at ESB MACC

June 6, 2013 § 2 Comments

June 5, 2013   Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center  (River/Rainey Street  Austin,TX)

HABLA supporters annouce their opposition their opposition to a developer’s request to purchase city-owned land located at the entrance of ESB MACC

HABLA supporters annouce their opposition their opposition to a developer’s request to purchase city-owned land located at the entrance of ESB MACC

Here are few moments of the press conference at the ESB – MACC.

Hispanic Leaders Oppose Sale of City-owned Land Near Entrance of Mexican American Cultural Center Austin, Texas – Hispanic Advocates Business Leaders of Austin (HABLA) hosted a press conference to announce their opposition to a developer’s request to purchase city-owned land located at the entrance of the Mexican American Cultural Center (64 Rainey Street)

For those who couldn’t attend the HABLA press conference at the ESB – MACC, here are audio clips:

MARTHA CORTERA – about history of Mexican Americans on Rainey Street

GILBERTO C. RIVERA – about the 30 year history to maintain Mex-Amer./neighborhood heritage of Rainey Street

JUAN OYERVIDES – about the numerous ESB MACC efforts to protect 64 Rainey Street

PAUL SALDANA of HABLA – about “La Cultura No Se Vende”

The MACC Board has adopted 3 prior resolutions on June 6, 2012, October 4, 2012 and on December 6, 2012 emphasizing the Board’s commitment to incorporate the 64 Rainey Street property for future phases of the MACC. On October 11, 2012, the Austin City Council adopted a Council Resolution that directed the City Manager to remove the parcel of land at 64 Rainey Street from consideration for sale or development.

The 70 Rainey Street Developer owns three lots adjacent and in front of the ESB-MACC, less than 25 feet from the cultural center property line. The Developer has proposed to build a 30 to 40 story mixed-use condo project and to date, has refused to meet with our community to discuss potential mitigation efforts and/or compatibility standards. The Developer wants to convince our community and the MACC Board that we should sale the 64 Rainey Street property to them, in exchange for a so called “win-win” situation.

Please join the community at this IMPORTANT MACC Board Meeting to oppose the developer’s request! NUESTRA CULTURA NO SE VENDE!

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§ 2 Responses to HABLA press conference at ESB MACC

  • Peggy says:

    Great Coverage of HABLA’S Press Conference by Rene Renteria!
    Rene captured the message by the community: “LA CULTURA NO SE VENDE”

  • Gloria says:

    Good work, Rene Both the audio and video are a good documentation of the Press Conference. May I suggest that copies be given to the Austin History Center.

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