A rendition of the mural to be, set over a photo of where it will be painted
601 S. El Paso St. - Rendering of Proposed Mural (3rd Street side of property)

DMD Board ok’s mural showcasing winners of Racial Harmony Art Contest; Commercial Facade Improvement Grant

The Downtown Management District (DMD) Board of Directors approved two more Downtown Improvement Grants at their August Board meeting, adding to a record setting program year.

A property at 601 South El Paso Street, and owned by South El Paso Street Properties LLC, was approved for $6,883 in Mural Grant funds. The mural is also partially funded by The Green Hope Project, a local non-profit with a mission to educate the public on ways to take better care of our planet through education, environmentalism, and art.

Officials say the estimated total project cost is $13,766.

The Green Hope Project organized The Racial Harmony Art Content to determine the mural design using the contest theme at the beginning of 2021. Winning artwork by several contestants was merged into a final mural design to adorn the façade at 601 S. El Paso Street.

The mural will be painted by three of the contest winners: Ramiro Ordonez, Diane Vera, Desiree Arzaga (middle school student), and assisted by muralist Katie Gelinas.

Additionally, a property at 1006 Texas Avenue and owned by AMEX Properties, LLC, was approved for $25,000 in Commercial Façade Improvement Grant funds. The estimated total project cost is $51,265.75. Planned improvements on the property include but are not limited to: installation of new window frames and window glass, new paint, new doors, and architectural enhancements.

These DMD Board approvals come in the wake of a record amount of funding for Downtown Improvement Grants during the current program year, now totaling $369,351.25.

The DMD manages four improvement grant programs in total. The Downtown Commercial Façade Improvement Grant Program and the Downtown Signature Signage and Lighting programs are funded by the DMD and the City of El Paso/TIRZ No. 5.

The DMD’s Downtown Pedestrian Corridor Improvement Grant Program and Downtown Mural Grant Program are funded solely by the DMD.  Maximum grants are $10,000 or $25,000 depending on the specific program, and all grants require a match from the applicant.

Grant applications are considered on a first come, first served basis while funding is available. Property/business owners interested in applying for funding can click here or call Terry Mais, 915-400-2295 for more information.

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1006 Texas Ave.-Rendering of Proposed Improvements