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City Launches Website, Social Media Campaign for New Arena Project

The City of El Paso is devoting a section of its website to provide an avenue for informing the public about the development of the arena project.

The $180 million Multipurpose Cultural and Performing Arts Center, or arena, approved by the voters as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bonds will provide a venue for athletic, performance, cultural and recreational events in the heart of El Paso’s Downtown.

The process to begin negotiations to acquire land in downtown for the development of an indoor arena was approved by City Council earlier this week. Community meetings are being scheduled to provide impacted property owners and tenants with the opportunity to discuss the land acquisition process and the development of the arena.  The arena design process will involve additional public meetings.

footprintThe arena master planning area is bounded by West San Antonio Avenue, South Santa Fe Street, West Paisano Drive and Leon Street. The City will not acquire all properties within the master planning area – only the smallest area needed for the arena.

The City has identified a total of 22 properties for the arena footprint. Out of those parcels five are vacant or surface lots, seven are commercial, seven are residential and two are city owned.

The project design professionals will be asked to incorporate the city’s existing fire stations, the Police Area Representative station, and the Firefighters Memorial Park into the arena development.

Visit the arena project website To learn more about the development of the arena via social media search under the hashtag #EParena or like the City of El Paso on Facebook or follow @elpasotxgov on Twitter.