Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Infill Project Planned for Vacant Downtown Property Along I-10

Recent rezoning plans filed with the City of El Paso show an office/retail project may be planned for a prominent property near Downtown along Interstate 10.
An infill project is planned for a long-vacant property across I-10 from Downtown El Paso. (City of El Paso)

The property sits adjacent to the westbound lanes of I-10, sandwiched between West Yandell Drive and Prospect Street on the southern edge of the Sunset Heights neighborhood and is currently vacant.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Digital Wall to Open on Valentine's Day in Downtown El Paso

The long touted interactive Digital Wall planned for the El Paso Museum of History will open February 14, 2015. The interactive wall will be made up of five 95-inch displays aligned horizontally that will allow users to interact with historic images and documents.
A rendering shows what the Digital Wall pavilion will look like once completed in Downtown El Paso. The grand opening is scheduled for Valentine's Day. (El Paso Museum of History/MNK Architects)

Work began on the pavilion that will house the TouchCity Digital Wall back in September, funded by voter approved 2012 Quality of Life bonds.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stanton & Crosby Apartments make appearance in City documents

An infill apartment project planned for the corner of Stanton Street and Crosby Avenue has appeared in a rezoning application filed with the City of El Paso. The Stanton & Crosby Apartments will be built just north of Downtown.
This rendering shows what the Stanton & Crosby Apartments may look like once completed. The property, which is currently vacant, is located between Downtown El Paso and UTEP. (www.exigoarch.com)

According to the application, the multi-family project will create a two-story structure that will hold a total of fourteen apartment units. This includes two three-bedroom, eight two-bedroom, and three one-bedroom apartments. A live-work unit is also included.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Family Dollar to Replace Three Buildings in Central El Paso

National discount retailer Family Dollar plans to construct a brand new store in Central El Paso where three structures currently stand. The plan was revealed in a recent Detailed Site Development Plan Review through the City of El Paso.
The site plan for the future Family Dollar in Central El Paso shows it will have zero setbacks along both Fort Boulevard and Piedras Street.

Family Dollar plans to build a 8,470 square foot store after demolishing three structures at the corner of Fort Boulevard and Piedras Street, including one commercial and two residential buildings.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Brand new apartments planned near the Downtown El Paso ballpark?

A recently discovered rendering shows a possible new infill apartment complex planned for a property near Southwest University Park in Downtown El Paso. The simply named Franklin Apartments have made an appearance at a local architecture firm's website.
The Franklin Apartments, pictured in this rendering, could go up on West Franklin Ave. in Downtown El Paso. (www.exigoarch.com)

No specific location details are available, but the rendering shows the apartment structures on a vacant property on West Franklin Avenue about 800 feet west of the Downtown ballpark which is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas Triple-A baseball club.

Monday, December 15, 2014

H&M Opens Thursday at Cielo Vista Mall

H&M will open its second El Paso store on Thursday at Cielo Vista Mall on the East Side. The popular apparel retailer opened an outlet store earlier this year on the West Side at the Outlet Shoppes at El Paso.
A screenshot of H&M's grand opening event at the retailer's Facebook page. (facebook.com/hm)

The new Cielo Vista store is a larger, 29,000 square foot location which occupies two levels next to Macy's on the mall's east end.

Aldea Developer Seeks Incentives Agreement for I-10 Overpass Construction

The developer of the future Aldea SmartCode project in West El Paso is seeking a Chapter 380 incentives agreement for construction of a freeway overpass adjacent to the property.

A new overpass is planned at Interstate 10 for Mesa Park Drive, the main thoroughfare that will take I-10 commuters into and out of the 196 acre Aldea development. Mesa Park will cross I-10 about three quarters of a mile north of Executive Center Boulevard.
The new Mesa Park Drive overpass is denoted here by a green arrow. The new interchange will provided access to the Aldea El Paso project on the West Side. (Schematic: City Council Agenda)

The agreement would provide Geltmore, LLC, the developer, with incentives in the form of rebates on the City's portion of sales and use tax. The incentive could total between $3.7 million and $4.7 million, depending on the cost of construction. The rebates will be calculated on sales by retailers within the Aldea development.