The City is hosting open-house style meetings, one per representative district, to increase community awareness about the multipurpose center project history, including the studies indicating the best location for the facility.
For nearly 20 years, studies conducted by the City have recommended a downtown multipurpose center, or arena, as a catalyst for economic development and attracting quality events and entertainment.
According to city officials, via the news release, “The location for the multipurpose center was set in November 2012, when voters approved the bond proposition for the 2012 Quality of Life Bond election.”
“The language of the full bond proposition stated the multipurpose center would be “located in downtown.” The ordinance and the election results supporting the bond program formed a contract between the City and the voters. Not delivering the project in downtown would break the City’s contract with voters, violate state law and expose the City to potential lawsuits,” officials stated via the release.
Studies conducted in 2001 and 2006 have identified the Union Plaza area as the preferred site for a multipurpose center. In 2012, Plan El Paso identified the Union Plaza area as a location that should be considered for a multipurpose center. A 2015 study reinforced finding by the 2001 and 2006 studies by identifying the Union Plaza area as the most favorable site for the MPC.
WHO: City of El Paso
WHAT: Open House Meetings
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: March 23: Andress High School, 5400 Sun Valley, cafeteria
March 27: Pebble Hills Elementary, 11145 Edgemere, gym
March 29: Mesita Elementary, 3307 Stanton, cafeteria
March 30: Bel-Air High School, 731 Yarbrough, cafeteria
April 3: Montwood High, 12000 Montwood, cafeteria
April 5: Grandview Senior Center, 3134 Jefferson
April 6: Convention Center in downtown
April 10: Location TBA