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City hosting Main Library Renovation workshop November 16

The City of El Paso Departments of Capital Improvement and Public Libraries are inviting residents to a workshop to share their thoughts on the renovation concepts for the Main Library in downtown.

The improvements are part of the first phase of a project to deliver on the voter-approved Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), a signature project of the 2012 Quality of life Bond program.

“All of the library’s existing services such as Teen Town, Adult Education Spaces, Children’s Library, Border Heritage will all be retained or enhanced under the library renovation,” city officials shared via a news release. “The reconfiguration and reprogramming of some of the existing library spaces will be necessary as part of this renovation project.”

The project is currently under design and includes renovations to approximately 60,000 square feet of the existing library.

WHO:            City of El Paso Capital Improvement Department

WHAT:          Public Workshop 

WHEN:          10 a.m. November 16, 2019

WHERE:        Main Library (Maud Sullivan Auditorium), 501 North Oregon in downtown

Museum to host Cinco de Mayo celebration, Logo unveiling for Mexican American Cultural Center

Residents are invited to downtown El Paso, as the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), the El Paso Museum of History (EPMH), and the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) will not only be celebrating Cinco de Mayo; but unveiling of the branding logo of the Mexican American Cultural Center as well.

The Cinco de Mayo Celebration is free and open to the public, and is scheduled to run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 at the Museum of History.

“We are excited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the El Paso Museum of History and preview the programming our community will be able to enjoy at the MACC,” said Managing Director of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department, Libraries, and Tourism Tracey Jerome.

Festivities start at 4:30 p.m. with a streetcar ride featuring the Bowie High School Mariachi band – Mariachi Orgullo. The special streetcar ride begins on the corner of Santa Fe and Franklin across the street from the museums.

The Cinco de Mayo celebration continues at 5:30 p.m. at the museum of history.

The Cinco De Mayo Celebration will include performances by pianist Romeyno Gutierrez, a Raramuri native. Artisan vendors from the Downtown Art and Farmers Market will be set up at the museum with a selection of handmade items for sale.

In 2012, El Paso voters overwhelmingly approved a Quality of Life Bond program, which included the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) as one of its signature projects. The MACC will provide residents and visitors with a dynamic space for the creation, exhibition and celebration of Mexican American art and culture.

As development is underway for the MACC, its operations and programming will be facilitated at the El Paso Museum of History.

“Here at the museum, we are delighted to host and partner with the Mexican American Cultural Center. I believe both institution’s goals and mission are aligned, as both highlight the unique life and culture that exists here in El Paso,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Vladimir von Tsurikov.

City Completes Review of Initiative Petitions on TIRZ, MACC and MPC

The City of El Paso has completed its review of signatures submitted for two separate initiative petitions filed with the City Clerk’s office on November 5, 2018.

Community members submitted two petitions, one related to Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, and the other petition related to Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) and the Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center (MPC).

One of the initiative petitions filed is seeking to enact an ordinance calling for the immediate termination of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) 12 as well as Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones 10 and 10a, which are all located in West El Paso.

The City Clerk’s office authenticated 1,755 signatures of the registered voters submitted for this petition within the 30 working days mandated by City Charter. The introduction of a public hearing related to this proposed ordinance will be held during the City Council meeting scheduled for December 18, 2018.

Council earlier this year adopted a resolution enacting a two-year moratorium to halt development within TIRZ 12 and preserve Lost Dog Trail and Trailhead. The moratorium does not impact the proposed initiative petitions.

Voters in May 2019 will have the opportunity to consider another initiative petition calling for the TIRZ 12 land to be preserved in perpetuity.

The required signatures related to this initiative petition were authenticated by the City Clerk’s office back in September 2018.

The other initiative petition reviewed by the City Clerk’s office sought changes to the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Proposition language that authorizes the City to issue bonds for the Mexican American Cultural Center and the Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center. The petition proposed changes to the location and funding for the projects.

The City Clerk’s review determined that the petition did not contain the requisite number of signatures.  A total of 1,541 signatures were verified on this petition.

This review was also conducted within the 30 working days mandated by City Charter.

A total of 1,666 signatures were required to allow either of the proposed ordinances to continue through the Initiative Process.

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