A new ripple in an ongoing quest to build a multi-purpose arena in downtown El Paso is seeing the city exploring the possibilities of doing the project as a public-private partnership.
As envisioned, the partnership would be involved in the design and operation of the center.
A Request for Proposals has now been issued asking for a consulting service to oversee applications from would-be partners on the project.
To be paid for out of the city’s 2012 Quality of Life bonds, the ultimate cost to build the new arena could go as high as $250 million.
Where exactly the arena will be built remains an open question. City officials had initially designated a section of downtown El Paso known as Duranguito as the site for the project.
But residents and community activists, arguing in favor of preserving the historic character of the neighborhood, have filed suit against it being built there.
The matter is expected to be soon decided by the Texas Supreme Court.
By Garry Boulard
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