There is a public meeting tonight at 5:30 to discuss the economic impact of the downtown arena. The meeting will be held on the 17th Floor of the Blue Flame Building in Room C.
The San Francisco architecture firm Gensler and Associates is being paid nearly $800,000 to justify the economics of putting that arena in Duranguito. The City’s not paying them that much to say it’s a bad idea, even though it’s a bad idea. Gensler will probably come up with some fanciful scenario where the arena even makes money. Eight hundred grand can buy a lot of twisted logic, and once the check clears, Gensler can distance themselves from their study.
Gensler is no stranger to El Paso. They did the interior design of WestStar Tower at Hunt Plaza. Curiously, that project has disappeared from their website, but the firm still gets a nod for their contribution on HuntCompanies.com.