The City of El Paso has opened an office in the Union Plaza District to provide impacted property owners and tenants with the opportunity to discuss the process for property acquisition and relocation assistance.
The site selection has many around the city upset, due to the area and the process the city undertook to inform the public.
Via a release, city officials say, “The City has identified a site just south of the Convention Center as the master planning area of the $180 million Multipurpose Cultural and Performing Arts Facility – one of three signature projects approved by voters as part of the 2012 bond program.”
Officials add, “The relocation program for residential and commercial property owners and their tenants will include plans that will be tailored to meet individual needs.”
According to the news release, some parcels outside the MPC footprint but within the master planning area may be necessary to provide access to the facility. Officials go on to state that, “the determination as to whether a few extra parcels within the master planning area will be needed will be determined during the MPC’s design phase.”
The proposed footprint of the facility is located on one and a half blocks from South Santa Fe Street south to Paisano, west to the alleyway before Leon Street, up the alleyway to West Overland Avenue and east to South Santa Fe Street.
Additionally officials say, “The City will not acquire all properties within the master planning area. The goal is to impact the fewest number of properties possible for the MPC and its access points.”
The temporary office related to the development of the Multipurpose Cultural and Performing Arts Center (MPC) is located at 400 W. San Antonio and will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment with the MPC office, residents can call (915) 212-1631.