On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, El Paso City Council awarded a $4.5 million contract for phase two of improvements at San Jacinto Plaza in Downtown El Paso.
"This is a transformational project not just for downtown, but for all of El Paso,” said Sean McGlynn, interim deputy city manager for development and tourism. “San Jacinto Plaza has always been a place where we gather together as a community; this project retains familiar and historic elements while adding amenities El Pasoans deserve."
The work will be performed by BasicIDIQ, Inc. It is expected to be completed by February 2015 and will be funded in part by the 2012 Quality of Life bonds approved by voters.
Work will include a 50-square-foot shade structure to protect Luis Jimenez’ Los Lagartos sculpture which is presently being restored in Ohio, a reflecting pool, an interactive water feature or “splash pad,” benches, sidewalks, landscaping, irrigation, and construction of a full service café.
The 54-foot Afghan pine which was long-served as the focal point of the city’s Celebration of Lights will remain in the plaza. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department announced earlier this year that the holiday lights celebration will take place in Cleveland Park Square in 2013 and 2014, while construction continues.
Since summer, crews have been working to rebuild curbs and gutters around the plaza, extending its area by ten feet in all directions. Work also continues on construction of a tabled intersection at Mills Avenue and Oregon Street on the southwest corner of the Plaza.
“With authorization to execute this contract, we can now provide the community a firm date on when this project should be completed,” said Irene Ramirez, P.E., interim city engineer. “Since the beginning, we had estimated completion of this project in late 2014 or early 2015 and now we are looking forward to substantial completion in February 2015.”
WORK ZONE ALERT: To accommodate construction, Mills Avenue will be closed between Mesa Street and Oregon Street for the duration of construction. The sidewalk on the south side of the street will remain open to pedestrians.