Businesses suing Austin over Manchaca name change


AUSTIN (KXAN) —  A group of businesses are suing the city of Austin Tuesday over its decision to rename Manchaca Road, claiming they didn’t get enough of a say during the decision process.

The Manchaca Business Association, which is operating under the name “Leave Manchaca Alone,” says the city violated its own ordinance because it didn’t notify all property owners of the proposal to change the name from Manchaca to Menchaca. The group argues businesses will have to deal with “significant expenditures” because of the change, including updating government documents, signs and business documents.

On Oct. 4, the city council voted to change the road’s name, to take effect Nov. 15. Supporters say it’s meant to correct a historical misspelling. José Antonio Menchaca fought for Texas in the Battle of San Jacinto. His name was first misspelled shortly after the battle.

The business group said in a press release “There is substantial evidence that there was not an error in the spelling of Manchaca and this was the sole rationale relied upon for the name change,” but it didn’t elaborate on that evidence.

The Justice for Manchaca organization, which pushed for the change, also raised $24,000 to pay to correct street signs.

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