Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekly Edition, Issue 66

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vacant Franklin Ave Laundromat Transforming Into ‘Cantina’

A vacant building near the Downtown El Paso Triple-A stadium that made news last year is becoming Blackbird Cantina Deluxe, according to a recently created Facebook page. The property at 533 West Franklin Avenue was home to a former laundromat in the historic neighborhood.
Blackbird Cantina transforms a Downtown laundromat. (facebook.com/Blackbirdcantina)
One of the partners in the development of the property, TJ Karam, told local news outlets last year that plans were in the works to construct a 40-unit apartment building at the site. Karam stated that a beer garden was planned for the first level. On Blackbird Cantina’s Facebook page, it is listed as a beer garden.

Pictures at the page show ongoing construction inside and out, with multiple steel containers placed alongside of the existing structure.

The containers have been placed in a seemingly permanent fashion and may be repurposed for use by the bar. No word on the timeline for the project.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Watch Video of TI:ME at Montecillo Transformation

TI:ME at Montecillo is the newest addition to open at the smart growth development in West El Paso, and now a video has debuted showing the transformation of the space into the "non-traditional" shopping center.


Local filmmaker Mark Martinez chronicled construction of the center and has posted the video to his Vimeo page.

‘Mandala Sunrise’ Installation Added to UTEP Campus

Public Art Piece Highlights Relationship Between the University and Bhutan

The drive along Sun Bowl Drive on the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus just got a lot more artistic thanks to a new public art installation along the street. “Mandala Sunrise” will greet drivers at the new roundabout at the intersection of Sun Bowl Drive and Glory Road.
The “Mandala Sunrise” public art piece adds color to Sun Bowl Dr. (www.facebook.com/KorynRolstadStudios)
The public art piece, designed by Koryn Rolstad of Seattle (www.krstudios.com), consists of dozens of upright pipes towering over the roundabout decorated with hundreds of colorful resin wings. At night, the piece includes special nighttime lighting.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

'Stacked' Coffee Shop Going Up in Downtown El Paso

A rendering of a unique coffee shop making its way to Downtown El Paso. (www.facebook.com/elpasocoffeebox)
Two shipping containers will be stacked one on top of the other on Wednesday in Downtown El Paso to help create a new coffee shop. The Coffee Box will offer a new eatery option in Downtown when it opens later this year.

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