There’s a new energy flowing through the streets of El Paso and neighboring Ciudad Juárez.
Plans for the construction of a streetcar
service, a children’s museum, and more
in downtown El Paso are underway,
and new hotels and restaurants have
already sprouted up.
The revitalization couldn’t be hap-
pening at a better time. Pope Francis’
visit to Juárez in February 2016
brought the Mexican city — and El Paso
El Punto, which translates to “the
— to the world’s attention. Many city
leaders consider the two locales as
one unified urban area, which is why
the latest building project planned
to commemorate the pope’s visit to
the Juárez fairgrounds (which have
become a holy site) is a game changer
for both cities.
point” in English, is the name for the
225,400-square-foot building that will
be erected on the now holy site. The
modern, adobe-block structure will
house a 92,000-square-foot church,
a music academy for children, and a
conference and community center.
The $80 million project is being
privately funded, and construction is
expected to begin by mid-2017. Herzog
& Meuron of Switzerland, one of the
world’s most prominent architectural
firms, is on board to design the building
(the same firm famously known for
designing the stadium for the 2008
The point of such an impressive
structure is to usher in a new era
for Juárez. It will be visible from
Interstate 10. Now that’s a drive
Plans for a massive church and
conference center breathe new life
into Ciudad Juárez and El Paso.