Mission resident living near Roosevelt Auditorium: Do not tear down this historic building

MISSION, Texas – A Mission resident who lives near the historic Roosevelt School Auditorium has sent a letter to Mission school district leaders urging them not to proceed with plans to demolish the nationally-listed building.

Via his attorney, David Garza sent a letter to Mission CISD Superintendent Carol G. Perez and the school board members. 

Here is the letter:

June 8, 2023

Re: Roosevelt School Auditorium

Dear Superintendent Perez and School Board Members:

This law firm represents David Garza and other owners of land near the Roosevelt School Auditorium (the “Auditorium”).

As you know, the Auditorium is set to be demolished in the next few weeks (if not days). This is unfortunate news to my clients. Indeed, my clients are so distraught they retained this firm’s services to stop the demolition. But before proceeding with litigation, they requested that we make a last-ditch attempt at resolving this matter amicably.

As such, I am writing to implore you to reconsider your decision (or the decision of a prior administration) and stop the Auditorium’s demolition. Perhaps you are unaware, but the Auditorium was recently listed on Preservation Texas’s annual list of Texas’s Most Endangered Places. The press release is attached for your convenience. It is unfortunate that people outside the community can see the Auditorium’s value, but it appears you all have turned a blind eye to it.

Needless to say, it would be a shame for the City of Mission and the entire Rio Grande Valley to lose such a beautiful and historic building. It is still unclear to my clients why you all have decided to proceed with the demolition when many members of the community are against it and instead want the Auditorium preserved. Any insight you can provide me with in this regard would be greatly appreciated.

If you believe a meeting with my clients would be fruitful, I believe my clients would be amendable to same. The meeting, however, would have to occur before the demolition happens.

Nevertheless, if you believe the Auditorium needs to be demolished or the demolition decision cannot be reversed, please let me know. Indeed, a written response to this correspondence on or before June 12, 2023, would be greatly appreciated.

I look forward to your prompt response.

Very truly yours,


Roland Quintana

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