• November 30, 2021
 Council Votes Down Another Site Analysis for Downtown Arena

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Council Votes Down Another Site Analysis for Downtown Arena

City Council voted not to conduct a site analysis to identify potential locations for the Multipurpose Cultural and Performing Arts Center (MPC) within the convention site or within 1,000 feet of the convention center’s footprint.

Council’s vote included having the City host public meetings to raise community awareness about the project’s history, including highlighting studies that indicated the best location for the facility.

For nearly 20 years, the 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.

Studies conducted in 2001 and 2006 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.

As part of the City’s extensive due diligence process with this project, it remains in contact with property owners within the MPC footprint in an effort to dispel or affirm allegations that they are not interested in selling their properties.

The MPC is a signature project approved by voters as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond program.

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  • I have several concerns about this new arena. First, do we really need another venue when we have so many that we can use? Second, why not build this where the County Colisum is? That building is a shambles, and this would be a good location for it.

    As for stimulating economic development, are there not other parts of town that could benefit for such an arena/center? I dare say there are- the Northeast, the Lower Valley.

    This is sad.

  • After wasting so much time and taxpayer money it’s back to square one with the downtown arena,I’m not short sighted about this Quality Of Life project. City council should have stuck to their original plans with the Union Plaza site for the arena as the voter approve arena should have already broken ground by now.
    The Union Plaza is the most appropriate perfect place to build this new facility and nowhere else in El Paso but in our downtown district next to the Convention Center.
    Northeast and Lower Valley SAD! but don’t quality for a downtown arena because they are not in downtown El Paso and downtown El Paso is a Good Thing!

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