Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Public Engagement Sought for ‘Signature’ Projects

City to Hold First Outreach Workshop for Arena, Children’s Museum, & Cultural Center

The firm chosen by the City of El Paso to help determine the sites for the Quality of Life ‘Signature Projects’ will hold the first of four public outreach workshops today. HKS, Inc. of Dallas will be introduced at the March 26 meeting and will outline steps for the proposed Master Plan Study.
The location for the upcoming Quality of Life ’Signature Projects’ has not yet been determined. HKS, Inc., a firm out of Dallas, will hold outreach meetings to get public opinion on the projects. This image is part of a City of El Paso brochure indicating projects that were on the 2012 ballot (City of El Paso)

The three signature projects approved by voters in 2012 include a Multipurpose Cultural and Performing Arts Facility (Arena), a Children’s Museum, and a Hispanic Cultural Center. Seventy-one percent of voters approved the measure.

At the meeting, HKS will present initial findings of the site analysis. The public is being asked to attend and participate in determining what “each facility should look like, feel like, and (how it should) contribute to our community.”

There will be three additional meetings, the last of which will be held July 2 at which point the Final Plan and HKS’s recommendation will be presented. HKS is also tasked with creating detailed business plans, determining the size and scope of each facility, and creating “synergy” among the facilities.

The three projects are proceeding according to a three-year plan that was approved by City Council in February 2013. The Children’s Museum and Hispanic Cultural Center will move forward with design and construction first, with the Arena on a lengthier timeline. The design process could begin as early as 2015.

Wednesday’s meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the El Paso Convention Center.

1 comment:

  1. I'm all for these projects that we the voters voted for in the November 2012 elections! A new children's museum is a plus , Only if they Do It Right! maybe the city could consolidate the Insights museum with the children's museum to make it more worth while. But I don't have much faith or trust in this city council, since it consist of city council members that are very anti progress, as they even voted to fire Leonard Tipper Goodman, who was responsible for seeing the passage of these very same quality of life bond issues.
    As far as the arena is concern,that is another project that I hope they do it right and don't cut any corners to use the bond money for other projects that we didn't vote on.
    As was proposed, the arena will be built south of the Abraham Chavez Theater, the main issue here is getting people to move and sell their properties.More than sure that the naysayers will come out screaming mad as they always do, because the city might need to use eminent domain for some of these properties.As for the arena itself, at least an eighteen thousand seat capacity would really work for El Paso, but at 180 million dollars minus 30 million dollars just to acquire the land they want to build it on. I'm not going to hold my breath on this one. One the Hispanic Cultural Center! No comment.

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