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Old June 4th, 2011, 08:07 PM   #81
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The 450-acre former ASARCO site was rezoned to SmartCode transect zones at the City Council meeting on Tuesday. This was the first rezoning to SmartCode in the City since the adoption of the optional form-based code. Several more sites are expected to follow. The approval lays the regulatory groundwork for the east portion of the former ASARCO tract to become a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with a trail system along preserved arroyos. The west portion of the site is planned as a multi-use commercial and office regional center with areas for clean light-industrial uses, and destinations such as an amusement park or racetrack. Both sites are scheduled for environmental remediation prior to the addition of uses. SmartCode requires streets that are safe and comfortable for pedestrians, ample public spaces, walkable block sizes, urban format buildings, and a mix of housing types and uses. The rezoning is a major implementation action step in the Connecting El Paso Plan which was approved in January.
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The University Medical Center of El Paso Master Plan includes two major projects including a $139 million expansion/renovation which will complete in 2011 and a new 130-bed Children’s Hospital scheduled for completion in 2012. The initial project includes expansion of the Emergency Department and Level One Trauma Center, renovation of Imaging and Cath Labs, construction of a new in-patient Surgery Center, new Labor and Delivery, and Postpartum Beds and an expansion of the Central Plant.
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I've been looking for updated photos of El Paso Children's Hospital as it nears completion and this is the best I've done:



It's scheduled for opening later this year.

Another component of the UMC masterplan has been stuck in the Legislature going nowhere. It's kinda a bad time to ask the State of Texas for money to build classrooms...
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PSB head says it’s about water

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For the past decade, the debate over how El Paso should be developed has been heating up, often pitting City Hall against developers. In 2005 a majority of developer-backed City Council members were swept from office, including the mayor. Since then, the debate between those supporting continued development on the city’s fringes and the anti-sprawl forces inside City Hall has changed and cooled.

Major developers pressured by new city standards and rezoning denials by City Council have come around to smart growth concepts and pushed ahead with huge new development plans in the heart of the city, on the West Side and the Far East. But the old clash of ideas between developers and City Hall is likely to flare up again this summer with the approach of a preliminary rewrite of the city’s 20-year-old Comprehensive Development Plan, scheduled for release in September.

More than 1,000 El Pasoans have participated in the preparation, led by Dover, Kohl and Partners, one of the nation’s leading urban planning consultants. Depending on what eventually is adopted, the new plan could dramatically alter where and how subdivisions and commercial properties are built for years to come. “This comprehensive plan is state of the art with the best planners in the business, from Dover Kohl on down,” El Paso Planning Director Mathew McElroy said. “We’ve talked to over 1,000 people already in large charettes and open design discussions in Central, West and Far East El Paso,” he said. “People just walked in and got to participate. “We found they don’t pick far east or west development but compact neighborhoods, walkable streets, corner stores, small parks and they don’t fear density.”

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Posted: 06/13/2011 12:00:00 AM MDT



Unexploded ordnance, artillery and munitions are the only things keeping Castner Range untouched. Aside from Loop 375 and two museums, the area is a vast valley of mountainous terrain, occasionally covered by a blanket of golden poppies in the spring.

While El Paso's leadership is in favor of keeping it that way, there is no guarantee that Castner Range can be kept as it is forever. "I still believe it should be left in its current state," El Paso Mayor John Cook said. "Our biggest insurance on it are the unexploded ordnance."


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By Marty Schladen / EL PASO TIMES
Posted: 06/12/2011 09:15:53 AM MDT



Billy Abraham says he wants to fix his buildings - and his relationship with city officials. The owner of a portfolio of decaying Downtown real estate on Friday said the market is finally right to implement his grand strategy. Abraham already has upscale tenants in several of his properties, and several more are on the way, he said.

In the coming month, he plans to ask for city government cooperation on an ambitious plan to revitalize several blocks in the heart of the city. "We, as El Pasoans, have a great opportunity," Abraham said. "If we strike that delicate balance of cooperation, we're in for a great future."

But it will be a tough sell after years of enforcement actions by the city - one of which is still in the courts - and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of taxes that were delinquent before Abraham paid them.

The El Paso Economic Development Department estimates that 65 percent of the Downtown building stock is blighted, and officials responsible for bringing properties up to code say Abraham has been anything but cooperative in the past. "We have a few regulars, but Mr. Abraham is right up there at the top," Chief Building Inspector Bill Stern said. "He usually waits until five minutes to 12 before he does something" that he's been ordered to.

Abraham attributes much of the trouble to personality conflicts and said that when somebody has as a big a portfolio as he does, problems are inevitable. "Anything on a grand scale, you're going to have some things that fall off the cart," Abraham said as he strode along Mills Street on Friday.

City records show that there have been enforcement actions for 10 buildings Abraham has a management or ownership interest in, almost all of them Downtown. One case, that of the building at 177-119 W. Overland Ave., has been in the system since 2006, when Abraham was ordered to secure the structure and remove some exterior parts of it.

The case remains in district court as Abraham fights $133,000 in penalties levied against him by the city's Building and Standards Commission. "He was one of the property owners we dealt with the most," said city Rep. Carl Robinson, who sat on the commission from 2005 to 2009. "And he was one of the most difficult to deal with." Abraham, however, said he wants to start afresh with city authorities. "I'm going to put out my hand and apologize for any misunderstandings," he said.

For the past two decades, Abraham has been accumulating about 16 buildings, some of which are among the city's most important historic structures. His critics say he buys buildings and sits on them while they crumble, but Abraham points to recent activity:

A tenant is operating an upscale restaurant in the Toltec building on Magoffin Avenue, and a coffee shop that also offers beer and wine is expected to open there on July 1.

A nightclub is open in the old train depot Abraham owns on North Campbell Street near Interstate 10. In addition, plans and specifications have been completed for the Franklin Chop House, a steakhouse planned for the rest of the 12,000-square-foot depot. A lease has been signed for another nightclub in the Henry C. Trost-designed Newberry Building at Stanton and Texas streets, Abraham said. And La Norteña, a bar-restaurant at 212 Overland, should be open in the next 30 days, Abraham said.

Also planned is the renovation of the property at 101 N. Mesa St., where Abraham says he wants to reopen the old Acme Saloon. "Outside of Paul Foster, I'm probably the only one that's doing anything in Downtown El Paso," Abraham said.

But it's the things Abraham didn't do that has aroused the ire of city officials. "I'll bet we've easily spent more than $100,000 just trying to get him to bring his buildings up to the minimum standards," City Manager Joyce Wilson said on Thursday.

Two buildings seen as particular keys to Downtown redevelopment are the Caples Building at 300 E. San Antonio and the Kress Building at 211 N. Mesa. Both are considered historically significant, both are owned by Abraham, and both have been the subject of enforcement actions by the city.



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Economists will point to it; business proponents will tout it. But to what extent will El Pasoans choose to connect it when it comes to realizing the economic interdependency with the city 30 feet across the river?

Increased output from maquiladoras in Juárez -- led by the resurgent automotive sector, and influx of consumer electronics -- should continue to positively impact economic activity in El Paso.

Statistics show a rebound in trade in the region. More than $71 billion in legitimate trade crossed the border between El Paso and Juárez in 2010. This economic boost took place despite the security situation in Juárez, as well as day-to-day fears of another U.S. economic slowdown. That trade number represented an increase from the $47 billion in 2009.

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Work has begun on the new Tornillo-Guadalupe International Bridge that officials say will forever change the fortunes of an impoverished region of the Lower Valley.

The border-crossing facility on the U.S. side will be located on 117 acres about 30 miles east of Downtown El Paso, making it the largest border-land site in the nation.

The new $133 million border crossing will consist of a six-lane commercial and non-commercial toll bridge and will replace the existing Fabens-Caseta crossing, which is much smaller. Officials expect the bridge to be finished and open by late 2012 or early 2013.

Once completed, it is expected to provide major relief to the current ports of entry in El Paso that handle about 10 million vehicles crossing each year.

The U.S. General Services Administration has scheduled a groundbreaking on July 20. "The County of El Paso has acquired all the necessary right of way, and work has started on phase one of the project," said Robert Rivera, director of the El Paso County Road and Bridge Department.

The multi-agency project includes plans for a new road that will connect traffic from the border crossing to Interstate 10. In addition to the county, GSA and the Texas Department of Transportation are working on different portions of the project. County officials hoped to begin on the bridge itself this month, but Mexican officials are not ready to start in Guadalupe.

The county will let bids later this year for phase two, which is the U.S. side of the bridge, and TxDOT will embark on phase three, which is the rest of the roadway from Alameda to I-10. Phase one included the land acquisition.

"The project is a very positive step for the county as a whole," said County Judge Veronica Escobar. "It affirms our relationship with Mexico and our economic dependence on international commerce and trade.

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Posted: 06/22/2011 09:31:00 AM MDT



El Paso's economy continued to grow slowly in the first quarter, but it grew better than the economies of most other large metro areas in the country, the Brooking Institution's latest MetroMonitor report shows.

El Paso's economic output increased 0.9 percent in the first quarter. That growth rate, the same rate as in the fourth quarter, ranked 10th among the nation's 100 largest metro areas. Houston ranked first with a growth rate of 3.3 percent in the January-April quarter.

"One percent (economic) growth is not something to be too excited about. But when compared to the rest of the nation, El Paso is doing pretty well," said Richard "Chad" Shearer, a research assistant at Brookings and co-author of the MetroMonitor report.

The 100 metro areas had an average economic growth rate of 0.5 percent in the first quarter. The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank, has been tracking metro areas' recovery from the recession since June 2009.

El Paso's job creation was sluggish in the first quarter, with a job growth rate of 0.4 percent. That ranked 36th among the 100 metro areas. Its 10 percent unemployment rate in the first quarter ranked 70th.

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Brookings again ranks El Paso as one of the nation's "strongest 20 metros" during the nation's recovery from the recession. El Paso had fallen to the MetroMonitor's "second-strongest 20 metros" category in the fourth quarter.

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New maquila to go in next to electronics giant
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One of the largest maquilas in the border region is working on plans to grow, and even as it expands, a brand new maquila is moving in next door, company executives have confirmed.

Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn will consolidate some, if not all, of its North American operations at the company’s giant factory just down the road in San Jeronimo, Mexico, according to Francisco Uranga. He is Foxconn’s corporate vice president and chief business operations officer for Latin America.

Foxconn has operations in Chihuahua City, Guadalajara, Reynosa and Tijuana in Mexico. “That’s the main idea for this campus eventually. How can we relocate all of those operations into one single operation that will allow us to be more efficient inhouse?” Uranga says.

Right now, the Foxconn factory complex is alone in a sea of sand and cactus, just across the border from Santa Teresa, N.M. But Uranga told El Paso Inc. that construction on another maquila, adjacent to his operation but not owned by Foxconn, is expected to begin soon.

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Needed to complete Uranga’s vision are two elements: the $400-million rail hub that Union Pacific expects to complete in Santa Teresa in 2015, and expansion of the little airfield at Santa Teresa so it can handle Boeing 747 cargo planes. “It would make this region the most competitive, attractive region along the entire border,” he says.

Foxconn put a campus in San Jeronimo because of its proximity to important markets in the United States, and easy access to the labor pool in Juárez, Uranga says. Since Foxconn came to San Jeronimo in 2008, the campus has grown to 1.6 million-square-feet and, without building any more structures, has space for 400,000-square-feet of additional manufacturing space, according to Uranga. But the company has only developed about a quarter of the 240 hectors it owns in San Jeronimo.

The facility’s 5,500 employees can produce as many as 50,000 computers in a day.

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The Magoffin Park Villas, the first new housing built in downtown El Paso in nearly 40 years nears completion.



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Construction on the first large-scale, high-end housing complex in Downtown El Paso is now under way.

The complex should be ready within a year and, once built, the Magoffin Park Villas will add 91 new apartments to an emerging Downtown housing scene. The apartments are located just blocks from the new federal courthouse.

The $8 million project is a venture between Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe and TVO North America, a private real estate investment company.

It is being called a "catalyst project" for the future development of Downtown.

The Magoffin residential district is an area just south and east of the downtown core that is slated for higher density, mixed income housing development and infill.
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By Bill Hume / For the Journal on Mon, Jun 27, 2011



SUNLAND PARK – Santa Teresa “will become a key inland port in the United States” when Union Pacific Railroad’s massive $500 million refueling and intermodal yard is completed there in five years, according to Zoe Richmond, UP’s director of public affairs for Arizona and New Mexico. “Think of it as a chicken coop for trains,” Richmond said.

It will be a major refueling, crew change, switch yard and intermodal ramp for UP’s busy Sunset Corridor, from Los Angeles-Long Beach through to Chicago and across the nation.

Union Pacific in New Mexico
• 618 miles of track
• 327 employees
• Annual payroll: $22.4 million
• In-state spending: $4.1 million
• Capital spending: $14.8 million
- Source: Union Pacific

An intermodal ramp is characterized by the heavy gantry crane machinery necessary to move massive freight shipping containers from railroad cars to highway trailers and vice versa.

Speaking to more than 700 people attending the 17th annual NAFTA Institute, Supplier Meet the Buyer trade conference earlier this month, Richmond and other UP officials outlined details of the five-year project.

Construction alone will have a major impact on the economy of southern New Mexico. It will generate more than 3,000 jobs during the construction phase, and result in the payment of more than $23.5 million in state and local taxes, UP officials said. When in full operation, projected for 2015, it will have a permanent workforce of about 600. The project also is expected to trigger significant retail, service and entertainment enterprises in the Santa Teresa area in the near term, to serve this influx of workers. UP currently is moving about 40 trains a day on the Sunset Corridor, not yet back to the levels prior to the economic crash, “but getting close,” Richmond said. The goal is to support a capacity of 70 to 90 trains a day.

The railroad intends to use the Santa Teresa facility as a virtual extension of its Long Beach port facilities, with ocean freighters being unloaded in bulk onto trains bound for Santa Teresa. The cargoes will be broken down in Santa Teresa for shipping to diverse destinations around the country. The objective is to try to reduce the bottleneck and congestion at the California ports, Richmond said. The southern New Mexico operation will facilitate the movement of goods into the nation’s heartland – and, of course, to all points in New Mexico. In addition, it will give New Mexico manufacturers and agricultural producers an efficient and direct connection for shipment all over the country and the world.

The El Paso/Ciudad Juarez, Mexico/Las Cruces area already is the seventh biggest manufacturing center in the world – and the UP facility will materially improve its global connections to raw materials, components and consumers. “Make no mistake, we intend that Doña Ana County and the border area will lead jobs development in New Mexico,” said Economic Development Secretary-designate Jon Barela, at the NAFTA conference, predicting at least 800 new jobs in Doña Ana County within the next 12 months. “Infrastructure development along the border is a priority of mine, it’s a priority of the governor’s.”

Statistics on activity at the Santa Teresa border crossing demonstrate the growth potential. In 1997, fewer than 100,000 private vehicles crossed at Santa Teresa; in 2010, more than 500,000. Trucks totaled about 3,000 in 1993; in 2010, more than 80,000. “It is the fastest, most modern port crossing in the district,” said Jerry Pacheco, primary organizer of the NAFTA conference and a Journal trade columnist. “It still has to be fully developed and its potential fully realized.”

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Posted: 06/30/2011


This photo illustration shows what United Bank of El Paso del Norte at 401 E. Main will look like once completed. (Courtesy of Alvidrez Architecture Inc.)


United Bank of El Paso del Norte has begun construction on its new Downtown headquarters -- a vacant parking lot that will be transformed into a four-story Spanish Colonial office complex.

The vacant structure at 401 E. Main will become a multiuse building that officials say will contribute to the revitalization of Downtown El Paso.

"The building momentum of Downtown redevelopment is evident in the growing number of completed and emerging projects in the area, and we wanted to show our belief in El Paso's future," said Les Parker, president of United Bank, in a statement. "We hope that our renovation will help in the stimulation of more downtown progress."

The existing building, bounded by North Campbell, North Kansas and East Main streets, was originally built in 1976 and used as a commercial walk-in and motor bank for the First City National Bank.

The transformation of the building is being led by local architecture company Alvidrez Architecture Inc. Once completed, the building will house the headquarters of United Bank of El Paso del Norte and will include a motor bank on its ground floor.

The second and third floors will remain parking, and the fourth floor will be used for tenant office space. The construction will be performed by El Paso's FT James Construction, and the building is expected to open in midsummer 2012.

United Bank of El Paso del Norte is the only bank in El Paso that is owned by a wide cross-section of the community that includes nearly 500 local shareholders.

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As modest as this project seems, it's the first new bank project in Downtown El Paso in 25 years.
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Wow. El Paso seems to have a bit of action going on right now.
Is this Abraham guy serious? or is he just blowing smoke?
Any other renderings of these Magoffin Park Villas?
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Wow. El Paso seems to have a bit of action going on right now.
Is this Abraham guy serious? or is he just blowing smoke?
Any other renderings of these Magoffin Park Villas?
Abraham means well but he's poorly suited to redevelop downtown. If a buyer comes along, this guy's gonna sell.

El Paso has some strong momentum builders, least of which is the massive expansion at Ft Bliss. The city also has absorbed many entrepreneurs from CD Juarez fleeing the violence there.

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PDNG pushes Downtown arena
County coliseum might have to go

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The Paso Del Norte Group, which brought El Paso the controversial Downtown Plan in 2006, is shopping for support from business leaders and public officials for a big, multi-purpose arena Downtown.

Mayor John Cook said he was recently approached by Myrna Deckert, PDNG’s former president and CEO, who said, “We need to talk soon about an arena.” She said they have the study, but wouldn’t say where they’re talking about putting it,” the mayor said. “I asked if it was baseball, and she said, ‘It’s bigger than that.’ ”

The PDNG, made up of business leaders, elected officials and other influential people, included a proposed arena in the 2006 Downtown Plan. The city, in its updated 2015 plan for Downtown, proposes an arena complex in the Union Plaza District, south of City Hall. Other possible locations include the area west of Union Depot now being used by Sun Metro, and the BNSF railyard south of Paisano Drive.

Ruben Guerra, a member of PDNG’s executive committee, wasn’t anxious to talk about it. “The study is not formalized, it’s still in draft form,” he said. “We don’t know what it will look like when the thing is put together. “There really isn’t anything to put on the front page. … To say anything other than the effort is to get more data would be premature.”

In 2000, the debate over an arena was all the news. The late former Mayor Carlos Ramirez proposed a $144-million, 20,000-seat arena Downtown, but City Council pulled it off the ballot at the last minute to save that year’s $141-million quality-of-life bond election from voter wrath. It worked.

Two years later, the county asked voters to OK a $45-million bond issue for an arena at Ascarate Park. They didn’t. A few months later, in 2003, the city and county agreed to work together on a new Downtown arena plan.

Consultants had advised it would absolutely need an anchor tenant to work, such as a Dallas Cowboys arena football team, and a location that wouldn’t require evicting residents or significant opposition from area property owners. The idea quietly fizzled. The county fixed up the coliseum again, instead.

County Judge Veronica Escobar said she hasn’t seen any part of an arena study but has heard a little about it. Speaking in general, Escobar said she thinks an arena may be essential for Downtown revitalization, which is vitally important to the city.

She didn’t say she would support closing the coliseum to make it happen, but did say she’d consider it if necessary, because El Paso needs a strong Downtown and what comes with it to rebuild the tax base. “When all the Downtown redevelopment debates were happening in 2006, there was a lot of talk about why it was important and there were a lot of feel good reasons,” she said. “But for me, what’s at the heart of why it’s important to revitalize Downtown is the unhealthy distribution of our tax base right now.”

In an economically healthy city, she said, commercial and industrial property values account for 60 percent to 70 percent of the property tax base, with residential values amounting to 30 percent or so. But in El Paso, the taxable value of single-family homes this year, $18 billion, equals 57 percent of the city’s $31.6-billion tax base. Commercial and industrial values, plus utilities and railroads, total $8 billion, or 25 percent of the tax base.

But before she would seriously considering anything, Escobar said, “I’d want to know what the study says.” City manager Joyce Wilson said an arena located west of City Hall was a “signature project” in PDNG’s Downtown redevelopment plan. “The private sector group is still looking at options and updating the plan using private resources,” she said. “The city’s role at this point has been to look at city-owned land that might be available to support this type of effort.”

Dover Kohl, the consulting company that is drawing up a new El Paso Comprehensive Plan, hasn’t looked at the feasibility of an arena, she said, but they are looking at where it could be located. “Most would concur that a major multi-purpose events facility like an arena would be impactful,” Wilson said in an e-mail to El Paso Inc. “You look at Oklahoma City, Omaha, Phoenix, Glendale, Ariz., and you can see the impact of these types of investments. “It is unlikely that it can be done with private resources alone, but with a consortium of resources (city/county/private), it could be viable without unduly burdening the taxpayer.”

So where does the county coliseum figure in?

“The reality is that if we are going to go this route, we need to look at all existing assets to see whether or not the arena facility would be a replacement for others or an addition,” she said. “There is a limit to how many competing facilities a community can have, so if it’s possible to retire some and incorporate those existing resources into a larger more diverse and modern asset, then everyone benefits.”

But fans of the kinds of shows that land at the 6,500- to 7,000-seat coliseum wouldn’t, said Brian Kennedy, executive director of the El Paso County Sports Commission, which manages the 70-year-old facility. He said he’s heard about the arena plan and that it might mean having to shut down the coliseum, which the commission has leased for seven more years.

Closing the coliseum, he said, would mean losing a lot of concerts and other events whose promoters cannot afford UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, much less an expensive, new arena. “I think this is really the people’s arena,” Kennedy said of the coliseum. “We do some shows here that wouldn’t stop in El Paso if we weren’t here.“You can have a small event in a big arena, but it guarantees that you will lose money and they won’t happen too many times before events will start going elsewhere.”
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Juárez is in line to receive nearly a half-billion dollars worth of public-works projects that officials say will help generate jobs and bring many overdue improvements to the border city and its vicinity.

Javier Garfio Pacheco, Chihuahua state public works minister, recently announced the projects that will receive $498.4 million in funding from city, state and federal sources. They include $41.7 million to revitalize the Juárez downtown historic district, $29.2 million for a new convention center (the site has not been disclosed), $10.8 million for a baseball park, $166.7 million for street paving and other street improvements, $83.3 million for mobility projects to improve mass transit, $41.7 million for the proposed Guadalupe border crossing highway bypass and $125 million for the Guadalupe-San Jeronimo rail bypass.

The international bridge and road project in Guadalupe (south of the border) will connect to the bridge and connector road in El Paso County. Work on the El Paso side of the $155 million Tornillo-Guadalupe international bridge is already under way. U.S. officials plan a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the federal bridge facility in Tornillo. Construction on the Mexican side of the bridge at Guadalupe, including the new highway, has not begun.

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Juárez had 789,520 people in 1990 in its urban center and 1.3 million in 2010, according to Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI), the federal agency that collects population and other data for the nation.

"The construction projects will provide a short-run alternative to the unemployment that has surfaced in recent years," he said.

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I know El Paso and Las Cruces aren't that far apart but do you see them being one metro one day?
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I know El Paso and Las Cruces aren't that far apart but do you see them being one metro one day?
It's anticipated but unlikely before 2040 or 2050. But El Paso leaders are pushing for more of that city's growth to be directed westward and towards Las Cruces so an urban wall of growth to the state line is inevitable before then. Las Cruces has been growing eastward toward the Organ Mountains and while valley land is being protected, mesa land is slated for development around both cities and between them. By 2050 the El Paso/Juarez/Las Cruces region is expected to have 5 million residents.
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