The City of El Paso wants to know if the Duranguito neighborhood is truly historic.
it submitted an application to the Texas Historical Commission (THC) detailing its plans for conducting an on-site archeological and historical review of city-owned properties within the Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center (MPC) master planning area otherwise known as the Duranguito neighborhood.
The THC has 30 days to review the application, which the City, in a press release, said it filed to continue to comply with state law involving projects on five or more acres of publically-owned land.
“This is the study we’ve been gearing up for as part of our plans to deliver this voter-approved signature bond project,” Capital Improvement Department Director Sam Rodriguez said. “We are finally at a point where it is appropriate for our archeological experts to visit the site to determine if intact archeological deposits exist underground at the project site. We are excited about this milestone in the project because it has the potential to give us new insight into our rich cultural history.”
The City has contracted Moore Archeological Consulting, Inc. to perform the study. It includes four phases: archival and historical research, ground-penetrating radar survey, mechanical survey, and an additional investigations stage, which would only be conducted if intact archeological deposits are discovered.
The City said the first phase has been completed. The next step is ground-penetrating radar, which will follow the commission’s review of the application. Discoveries will be handled in accordance with state law.