#BlackLivesMatter and #BlackHistoryMatters
The zoning discussion for 500 Montopolis Drive, Negro School and Church of Christ, will take placel July 26th, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Dan Ruiz library on Grove Blvd.
Developers run this town and the people of Montopolis know it, they've lived it, and they're not backing down in a fight to preserve their history and neighborhood.
Montopolis community members have been organizing for almost a year now to resist developer Austin Stowell's plans to build high dollar condos & a mixed-use development on the site of the old Montopolis Negro School and Church of Christ (500 Montopolis).
Residents in the area, including many who attended school in the building more than 60 years ago, have asked & failed to receive historic designation from the Austin Historical Commission, but have received unanimous support from the Community Development Commission.
Residents are asking for the entire acreage to be turned into a park or preserve managed either by the City of Austin, area neighborhood association(s), or an area nonprofit. Citing the land's deep historic value as a cultural landscape, residents are steadfastly opposed to the development of the land and the erasure of their history all so another developer can profit off what will be a far-from-affordable development.
Background on the issue:
KXAN — kxan.com/2016/12/02/historic-montopolis-negro-school-faces-demolition/
Austin American Statesman — mystatesman.com/news/protest-against-montopolis-negro-school-demolition/yvEnmtxzAyHw73yWir849I/
Austin American Statesman — mystatesman.com/news/opinion/historic-montopolis-school-screams-for-protection-from-bulldozers/uxWIsVQcjPU5dZuMIPtm6H/
Austin Monitor — austinmonitor.com/stories/2017/06/controversy-swirls-montopolis-historic-school-site-eyed-development/