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City Hires Archeological Firm to Begin Work Required by the Texas Antiquities Code

The City has contracted Houston-based Moore Archeological Consulting, Inc. to conduct an archeological and historical review of the site located within the Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center (MPC) footprint as required by the Texas Antiquities Code.

The firm has conducted more than 700 major archeological projects and specializes in completing archeological investigations in urban settings.

“This is another major milestone in the development of this voter-approved bond project,” Laura Foster, City of El Paso Chief Architect, said. “Moore Archeological Consulting is a world-class firm and highly credentialed in the field of archeological and historical preservation. Welcoming these nationally-recognized experts to our team shows we are true to our commitment to remain respectful and in compliance with requirements of the Texas Historic Commission.”

The City also remains steadfast in complying with court orders related to the MPC.

A judgment issued in August 2017 by an Austin judge allowed the City to proceed to build a new multipurpose facility in the Union Plaza area in downtown.

The archeological review of the proposed MPC footprint is part of the development process for the project – the largest of the three signature bond projects overwhelming approved by voters.  A total of 71.67 percent of votes cast were in favor of the bond project.

The ordinance calling for the election stated the multipurpose center would be located in downtown.

For previous stories on the arena project, click here.

City to Host Series of Open House Meetings Regarding Downtown Arena Next Week

The City is hosting open-house style meetings, one per representative district, to increase community awareness about the multipurpose center project history, including the studies indicating the best location for the facility.

For nearly 20 years, 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.

According to city officials, via the news release, “The location for the multipurpose center was set in November 2012, when voters approved the bond proposition for the 2012 Quality of Life Bond election.”

“The language of the full bond proposition stated the multipurpose center would be “located in downtown.” The ordinance and the election results supporting the bond program formed a contract between the City and the voters. Not delivering the project in downtown would break the City’s contract with voters, violate state law and expose the City to potential lawsuits,” officials stated via the release.

Studies conducted in 2001 and 2006 have 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.

WHO:          City of El Paso

WHAT:         Open House Meetings

WHEN:        6 p.m.  to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:      March 23: Andress High School, 5400 Sun Valley, cafeteria

March 27: Pebble Hills Elementary, 11145 Edgemere, gym

March 29: Mesita Elementary, 3307 Stanton, cafeteria

March 30: Bel-Air High School,  731 Yarbrough, cafeteria

April 3: Montwood High, 12000 Montwood, cafeteria

April 5: Grandview Senior Center, 3134 Jefferson

April 6: Convention Center in downtown

April 10Location TBA

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