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How much will the delay in developing the Northgate Transit Center cost local taxpayers?

Northgate Transfer Center

This is a follow-up to a question from a KFOX14 viewer named Jesus who asked, "When will they finish the Northgate Transit Center and will taxpayers have to pay for the project's delay?"

As I reported last week, Sun Metro said that the Northgate Transit Center itself is on budget and on schedule to open soon.

But the residential and commercial development that will surround the bus station has been delayed until next spring.

The city says that's because the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently determined that part of the 30-acre site sits in a floodplain. So some of the buildings will need to be moved or reconstructed.

City spokeswoman Tammy Fonce said that city staff is also working with El Paso Water to raise the ground level to a point that it can be approved by FEMA.

She said the city's responsible for that, as part of its original contract with the developer, Hunt Properties.

Fonce said the city’s had to budget an additional $1 million to build a right of way and get the area out of the floodplain.

While that requires additional taxpayer money, next week I’ll let you know how the city plans to keep the project from costing taxpayers any more than that.

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