If you think you know what El Paso needs to move forward, now’s your chance to be heard.
Thursday kicked off a series of charrettes – or planning meetings – on Sun City development. El Paso leaders say they want the public’s input on what they’d like to see happen around four key areas of the city.
The first is the site of the old ASARCO smelter.
Though it could take years and millions of dollars to clean the site, the private company hired by the city to conduct this study, Dover Kohl & Partners, wants to hear ideas on what should go on the 500 acres off I-10.
The other three areas up for planning surround new city transit terminals.
They include Remcon circle near Mesa Street, the ‘Five Points’ area off Montana and Piedras and the ‘Glory Road’ area near UTEP.
City leaders have said in the past they hope to redevelop the areas using “smart growth” principals like mixed-use buildings that can hold retail and housing spaces within walking distance of one another.
Charrette events include:
* The ASARCO Hands-on Design Session, which is an opportunity for the community to draw their vision for the former Asarco property with the assistance of facilitators and designers, will be held Saturday, June 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Mesita Elementary Cafeteria, 3307 N Stanton Street.
* The Transit-Oriented Development Hands-On Design Session, at which participants will work alongside other members of their community to draw their vision for the Transit-Oriented Development sites, will be held Wednesday, June 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Memorial Senior Citizen Center Gymnasium, 1800 Byron Street.
* The public may also visit the Open Design Studio at 2400 North Oregon Street (behind the McDonald?s on Mesa) to talk with the design team and provide input and feedback on the plans from Monday, June 21, to Friday, June 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and from Monday, June 28, to Tuesday, June 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
* An Open House to provide an opportunity to view the design team?s work-to-date and provide feedback will take place Saturday, June 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the studio on 2400 North Oregon Street.
* A Work-in-Progress Presentation will present the work completed by the team followed by a question and answer session on Wednesday, June 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the El Paso Main Public Library Auditorium, 501 North Oregon Street.