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Motiva to unveil plans for downtown Port Arthur

May 16, 2019

Motive Enterprises will publicly present its plans for at least three historic buildings in downtown Port Arthur this afternoon.

The event, called “imagine... Port Arthur” is a “celebration of the first step in the revitalization of downtown” and organized by the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce.

It starts at 4:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Austin Avenue.

Motiva purchased the former Hotel Sabine from the city of Port Arthur earlier this year as part of its in lieu of taxes agreement.

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It also announced plans to purchase the Adams Building, 440 Austin Ave., and the Federal Building, 500 Austin Ave.

The latter two buildings are expected to house an eventual 500 officer workers, while the Hotel Sabine will serve as short-term corporate lodging with space for retail in the bottom.

“We’ve been asking for different things in contract organizations,” Mayor Derrick Freeman said previously. “It loos like the stars are aligning for Port Arthur.”

Watch The Beaumont Enterprise throughout the day for more information about Motiva’s plans.