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Story+Gallery: Northeast El Paso’s unique ‘Sugar House’ a Must-See

When I was born back in 1970, El Paso was smaller -way smaller. Now, with all the growth in our city, I am sad to admit there are just places I have yet to see.

For example, living in the Lower Valley,  I don’t often find myself venturing further than Fred Wilson Drive in Northeast El Paso. That neighborhood is foreign territory to me; El Paso is just too big…bigger than it was when I was a child.

Now along with the size, El Paso has some great architecture: the Kress Building, Mt. Sinai Temple, the O.T. Bassett Tower – just to name a few. Yet, on one of my few trips north of Fred Wilson, I discovered a house that is dedicated to the City of El Paso, and deserves to be on that list.

The house I am talking about is on the corner of Leavell and St. Charles, and I had never seen it before.  According to Rufino Loya, owner of this remarkable property, his home illustrates the mosaic that is Mexico.

One day, when I was coming home from Chaparral, I caught just a glimpse of this house out of the corner of my eye. What I saw, for only the briefest of moments, was a giant painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Sadly, with a busy life, I really didn’t think anything of it again. A couple days later, I was back in Chaparral. By the time I started to head home, it was dark. That’s when I saw the house again. This time, it was lit up.

At that point I decided to get off the North-South Freeway, and check it out.

Mr. Loya says he started decorating his house back in 1973. It is, he says, in the style of Spanish art as you would see in Zacatecas, Mexico. All of it started with one piece, an angel standing atop an arch in his front yard. “I liked it, so I made another piece,” he says.

The house is definitely from another time, another style. Walking around the house, I could not help but feel like I was standing inside a church that was built for the whole world, open to the whole world.

The art is reminds me of some of the Churches I have seen while on holiday in Mexico, and took me back to a more peaceful, simpler time of life.

Mr. Loya said that the overall style of the home is that of Mexico. Each of the thirty-two states, he says, has their own customs, and styles: food, dress, way of speaking, music. Yet, in his work, Mr. Loya has managed to combine them all into a visual gift to El Paso.

When I asked him, why he does it, why he made his home an artistic masterpiece, he said just that, that he wanted to give something to the city. Something they would appreciate, and marvel.

And people do enjoy it.

Several times a week, Mr. Loya says that there are visitors to his home. Some stop and pray before the picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe, or St. Frances. Others stop to pray before the statue of Jesus in front of the house.

It truly is a place that will make you stop, and take a moment out of your day for something that is bigger than all of us.

Next time you are out in the Northeast, why not stop by. Or, take a trip over on the weekend.

This house is really worth seeing in person.

Story & Gallery by Steven Cottingham – Special to the Herald-Post

Sun Metro: Help us Name New Transfer Center in Northeast El Paso

The Sun Metro Citizen’s Advisory Committee is giving the public another opportunity to submit nominations for the naming of the transfer center under construction in Northeast El Paso.

The transfer center being developed at the former Northgate shopping center site, at 9347 Diana, is part of a unique transit oriented development. The transfer center will anchor a public-private development known as Metro 31, which is a mixed use venture that will integrate the new transfer center and the Dyer Brio rapid transit corridor station with residential, retail and commercial office spaces.

The deadline to submit a nomination to name the new transfer center is February 16, 2017.

In order to nominate an individual, a nomination form must be submitted to Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak along with 50 signatures of persons living within Sun Metro’s service area and a full biography of the individual.

Some of the nomination criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The name must not duplicate that of other transfer centers.
  • If the proposed name is that of a deceased person, the individual must have been deceased for at least one year, shall have been prominent in El Paso or elsewhere, and demonstrated continued commitment, preferably to public transit, locally, nationally or internationally.
  • If the proposed name is that of a living person, the individual must be extremely prominent in El Paso or elsewhere and have made a worthy and extraordinary contribution, preferably to public transit, locally, nationally or internationally.

Nomination forms and a complete list of criteria for the nomination process are available at Sun Metro’s administrative offices, 10151 Montana, or online at www.sunmetro.net

 

Reconstruction of Wren Avenue Begins Monday

The City of El Paso will begin the reconstruction of Wren Avenue in Northeast El Paso on Monday, June 27th, 2016.

Wren Avenue will be reconstructed from Dyer Street to just east of Shoppers Road in concrete, and once complete, it will be a vital transportation link for Northeast El Paso.

The project will include the addition of buffered bike lanes, pedestrian walkways with their own landscaping, dark sky compliant decorative lighting, as well as the installation of a textured concrete crosswalk with an imbedded caution light system at the intersection of Wren Avenue and Shoppers Road.

This $1.9 million dollar reconstruction project is one of the components of a larger plan to enhance the transportation system of this area.  Upon completion, Wren will enhance the connectivity of this area by providing the street with amenities that will allow bike, pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic to commute safely and efficiently to the new Northgate Transfer Center, which will serve as the main feeder for the new Dyer BRIO system.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2017. Lane closures and appropriate signage marking the detour route will be in effect throughout the duration of the project.  The work schedule and lane closures may be modified to accommodate any unforeseen conditions or events.

The Northgate Transfer Center is a $14.9 million dollar project, which will include services and amenities such as enclosed waiting areas with a comfortable environment, canopies at bus bays with electronic on-street message boards, and ticketing & information offices.  Construction is expected to begin in late 2016.

The Dyer BRIO system will offer El Pasoans a high-quality rapid transit system, which will connect Northeast El Paso to Central and Downtown El Paso.

The total length of this $35.8 million dollar project will be approximately 12 miles, and will include all the services and amenities that are found on the recently constructed Mesa RTS. Construction is expected to begin in early 2017.

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