City leaders say San Jacinto Plaza was worth the wait


City Representative Courtney Niland says she was brought to tears after a walk through of San Jacinto Plaza.

“You all are going to be so pleased and I think you will forget all the pain and agony we’ve been through” says Niland.

El Pasoans already think nearly three years of waiting is too much.

The 6 million dollar project has encountered it’s share of problems that continued pushing the completion date back. From relocating installed electrical equipment below ground and a broken canopy cable that was shipped in from Germany.

With no end in sight, the city  began fining the contracting firm Basic IDIQ $1,000 for each day the project wasn’t complete. Gilbert Guerrero the project manager, says despite the set backs, it was worth it.

“It’s not your simple park project, it’s a very nice project, once you’re there you’re going to see”, commented Guerrero.

Guerrero says the city has done work with IDIQ in the past– projects like the five points terminal and city building three.

Since San Jacinto, IDIQ has not worked on another city project. The grand opening is 10 days away and it’s almost too good to be true.

We did ask if the city would be willing to work with the contractor again but the answer was not clear.

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