The Children’s Museum new site has begun the first phase of its new facility with the demolition of the Greyhound Lines, Inc. maintenance facility in downtown El Paso.

The Greyhound facility began being demolished, today, Monday, December 12, as part of a purchase agreement with the City of El Paso to make way for the Children’s Museum. City Council earlier this year approved purchasing the maintenance facility which is located at 201 W. Main St. at a price of $1.27 million plus the cost of demolition of the existing building and remediation of the site including removal of the underground storage tanks.

Construction on the museum is expected to begin in 2018 with the design phase for the project set to begin in 2017.

The land purchase will allow the museum to be located in the El Paso Downtown Arts District; strategically sited between the El Paso Museum of Art and the Museum of History.

The site selected for the Children’s Museum enhances the El Paso Downtown Arts District and complements the City’s cultural programming while serving as a key year-round tourism and economic development asset for our community.

The land purchase was approved along with a 10-year lease agreement with Greyhound for approximately 16,000 square feet of Sun Metro’s facility, at 700 San Francisco, at a cost of $114,409 per year for its maintenance operations.

The 2012 bond projects is part of the City’s strategic plan to enhance El Paso’s quality of life through the creation of innovative recreational, educational and cultural programs.