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City’s Segundo Barrio plan, a year in the making, unveiled Monday

From the city of El Paso to the NPT Inbox:

SEGUNDO BARRIO Revitalization Plan and Strategy Draft

WHO: City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development Neighborhood Services
WHAT: Distribution of the Segundo Barrio Revitalization Plan and Strategy Draft
WHEN Monday, August 24, 2009 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Armijo Recreation Center 700 Seventh Street

Since September of 2008, the Neighborhood Services Division within Community and Human Development has been developing El Segundo Barrio Revitalization Plan and Strategy with the assistance of Neighborhood residents, community stakeholders, neighborhood serving businesses and the Southside Neighborhood Association.

The planning process has been established by an evidence based model which allowed residents in the neighborhood to identify issues and concerns that address the physical appearance of the neighborhood, the need to increase affordable housing, stronger safety and security through community policing through law enforcement, the need to increase effective social services, develop and promote educational opportunities and workforce needs for the residents living in the neighborhood.

The Neighborhood Services staff will be distributing the Segundo Barrio Revitalization Plan and Strategy Draft on Monday, August 24 from 5:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Armijo Recreation Center located at 700 Seventh Street.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 19, 2009 at 3:13 pm

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Bus riders finally will have a home base; will Mills Building Parking Garage follow shortly?

From the NPT Inbox. As background, remember that the new location at Third and Santa Fe was a compromise, spurred in part by the thought that the Mills Building project placed a deadline on the city by which it had to move the buses from Franklin Street. Why? Because the new parking garage (yet-to-be-built) will require Franklin street as a feeder. For background, here’s a story in which a representative of the Mills Building project essentially tells City Council to move the buses from Franklin before December. Now back to your regularly scheduled press release:

Sun Metro Hosts Informational Session TODAY About New Downtown Transfer Center

El Paso, Texas—Sun Metro’s temporary boarding site on Franklin Avenue will be moving to its new home, the Bert Williams Downtown Santa Fe Transfer Center, 601 Santa Fe, on Sunday, Sept. 27.

The public is invited to learn more about the move and the subsequent route changes at an informational session at 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug 19, at the Main Library, 501 N. Oregon.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 27, riders who traditionally unload or board buses at the temporary Franklin Avenue boarding location will be able to enjoy a modern and spacious facility at the new Downtown Transfer Center. The center, which boasts an enclosed waiting area with cooling and heating conveniences, will have real-time information displays to help riders time their trips instantly, large shade canopies, a store front, a ticket vending machine and other amenities including free Wi-Fi.

In addition to the various services, the $8 million center also features an impressive restaurant space giving Sun Metro riders a chance to grab a bite to eat or drink while waiting for buses or friends.

In late July, the El Paso City Council unanimously approved the naming of the Downtown Transfer Center as the Bert Williams Downtown Santa Fe Transfer Center, after former Mayor Bert Williams. Williams is most-noted for successfully introducing an anti-discrimination ordinance in El Paso, two years before the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

For more information about this and other capital improvements, visit or call (915) 533-3333.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm

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