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Apr 19, 2017

Excitement in the Air as El Paso Plans for New Children's Museum

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Construction is set to begin in early 2018 on a project that has captured the imagination of El Paso residents of all ages: a multi-faceted, interactive Children’s Museum slated to go up across the street from the El Paso Convention Center.

City officials have been hosting a series of public input meetings on the project, which will cost $19 million to build and will be paid for out of the city’s $473 million Quality of Life Bonds passed in 2012.

The site for the planned 30,000 square foot facility at 201 W. Main Street was formerly the home to a Greyhound Lines maintenance facility.

Last year, the City of El Paso purchased that site for $1.2 million, demolishing the Greyhound building in December.

Master planner for the project is the Oakland, California-based Gyroscope Inc., which has developed such children-friendly projects as the Pacific Science Center in Seattle and the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans.

Current plans call for continued public input on a facility that will emphasize science and education before actual work begins early next year.

City officials have said they would like to see the El Paso Children’s Museum completed and open for visitors by 2020.

 

By Garry Boulard

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