LAS CRUCES – The city wants to revitalize the corridor on El Paseo Road between downtown and University Avenue to include free shuttle service, lots of shops and restaurants and sidewalks with shady spots and leafy trees.
The funding source for such a redevelopment project is still unknown. The Las Cruces City Council discussed ways to fund the revitalization at a Monday work session.
The city received a $2 million grant about a decade ago to plan the redevelopment of the El Paseo Corridor. The resulting plan, called the El Paseo Corridor Community Blueprint, was adopted in 2012 after extensive public input.
The longstanding vision set forth in the blueprint seeks to increase foot traffic, retail shopping and dining and beautification along El Paseo, which currently features big box stores, fast food joints, vast parking lots and some abandoned properties.