Let there be art…and history

The $1.1 million Paseo project is getting its finishing touches this week, after years of work. Workers posted Gilroy history placards along the alleyway at 7453 Monterey St. between Fifth and Sixth streets.

The paseo is a linear, tile-lined rectangular mini-park and walkway that will serve as an aesthetic shortcut from Monterey Street to the parking lots between Eigleberry Street and Gourmet Alley.

The city purchased the property in 2012 and demolished the unreinforced masonry building on the site to make way for the new pedestrian amenity. A design group of volunteers selected the design.