Construction crews have begun laying the groundwork for the new full-service café which will soon welcome El Pasoans and visitors to San Jacinto Plaza in Downtown El Paso.

Contractors have begun the installation of underground utilities, plumbing, and footings for the café as well as work on other utilities which will serve the plaza when it re-opens next year. Work will soon begin on the shade structure, huacha court, and splash pad.

All existing sidewalks, benches, concrete, electrical infrastructure, and the underground bathrooms are gone and the excavation of a decorative arroyo which will be landscaped with native plants has begun.

The $6 million renovation of San Jacinto Plaza is being funded in part by the 2012 Quality of Life Bonds. When renovations are complete, Luis Jimenez’ Los Lagartos sculpture will return to its place in the center of the plaza surrounded by a new water feature and protected from the harsh sun by a special canopy.

El Pasoans can keep up-to-date on the project by visiting the San Jacinto Plaza renovation website. The project remains on schedule to be completed in February 2015.