Monday, May 23, 2016

La Madeleine Coming to 'La Villita' in West El Paso

A new La Madeleine Country French Cafe is headed to West El Paso, according to City permits. The restaurant will be located in the same shopping center as a new Whole Foods Market.

The 4,500 square foot restaurant will be located in the La Villita shopping center at 6801 North Mesa Street, a curved retail, office, and restaurant area leading into the Whole Foods Market parking lot.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Chico's Tacos May Close Central Location to Make Way for CVS

National pharmacy retailer CVS has plans to build a new location in Central El Paso, the same location where Walmart tried to build a Neighborhood Market three years ago.

This architectural elevation shows what a CVS Pharmacy may look like once built, planned for Central El Paso. (City of El Paso)

The new CVS Pharmacy would go up at the corner of Montana Avenue and Chelsea Street, on the same property that is currently home to a Chico's Tacos location. Chico's would close and be torn down to make way for the CVS. The site is across the street from an existing Walgreen's pharmacy.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Alamo Drafthouse Now Showing New Films, Official Grand Opening May 6th

By Armando Landin   

El Paso's newest movie theater may not have had its grand opening yet, but it is already showing first run movies. Alamo Drafthouse will have its official grand opening on May 6.

The Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in West El Paso is now having its soft opening while it trains its new employees. (Alamo Drafthouse)

The newest addition to the Montecillo smart growth community in West El Paso opened its doors on Monday, April 25, to patrons in order to help train staff in the run up to the grand opening, showing older films such as "Back to the Future" and "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

New Cinemark Theater to Anchor 'Eastlake Marketplace' near Horizon City

The Far East El Paso area is getting yet another Cinemark movie theater as part of a large shopping center development at the corner of Eastlake Boulevard and Gateway West. It will be the theater chain's fourth location in the East El Paso area.

A Cinemark movie theater will anchor Eastlake Marketplace at the corner of Eastlake Boulevard and I-10. (Site Plan: River Oaks Properties)

The Cinemark theater will anchor a new shopping center named Eastlake Marketplace in an area just outside of El Paso's city limits, west of Horizon City.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

'The Substation' Brings Village-Style Retail Center to West El Paso

By Armando Landin   

An upcoming commercial project will add a "village-style" retail center to West El Paso and will include shops and restaurants in a "heavily landscaped" atmosphere.

One of the main features at The Substation retail center in West El Paso will be a pedestrian mall and meeting area, shown in this rendering. (EP Riverbend Development)

That's according to plans for The Substation which will be built at the corner of Doniphan Drive and Sunset Road near El Paso's Upper Valley, south of North Mesa Street.

Monday, April 25, 2016

'Midtown Lofts' Could Transform Warehouse District in Central El Paso

By Armando Landin   

A loft project proposed for Central El Paso may be the beginning of transforming a longtime warehouse district into a livable community. The Midtown Lofts project is slated for an industrial neighborhood near the Spaghetti Bowl.

The Midtown Lofts will bring an apartment complex to a warehouse district in Central El Paso. (Exigo Architecture)

According to the architect's website, the three-story apartment complex would be located at the corner of Durazno Avenue and Stevens Street, one block east of Copia Street and south of Interstate 10, though the site does not indicate on which corner the complex would be constructed.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Workers to Begin Laying Streetcar Rail in June

By Armando Landin   

The streetcar project in Downtown El Paso has been chugging along for months, but has mostly been focused on utility relocation. That will change in June when crews begin laying rail along the streetcar route.

This cross section shows how the streetcar rail will be embedded in a concrete slab. Rail recently arrived in El Paso and will soon be laid for the streetcar project. (CRRMA)

The first shipment of rail has arrived in El Paso and will be kept in storage until needed. The rail pieces were manufactured in Austria and brought by train from the Port of Houston.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Airport Project to Enhance Outdoor Landscape, Lighting

By Armando Landin   

The City of El Paso is looking to create a "sense of place" in areas surrounding and leading up to the airport, and a new project will soon add landscape and lighting enhancements as well as public art.

Landscape enhancements, landscape and architectural lighting, and an "artistic lighting element" are part of the $2.7 million project.

The City will consider awarding the consulting contract portion of the project to Meridian Green Works.