Thursday, April 16, 2015

North Hills Crossing to Open in June

Northeast El Paso's largest retail development in years is scheduled to open in June. North Hills Crossing, at the corner of Gateway South and Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, has been under construction since August and will add over 200,000 square feet of retail space.
A bird's eye view of the upcoming North Hills Crossing under construction in Northeast El Paso, scheduled to open in June. (Courtesy River Oaks Properties)

The power center will include retailers including Walmart Market, Ross, Marshall's, and Big Lots.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

'Fountains' Announces Chuy's Mexican Restaurant Location

A Tex-Mex restaurant popular in central and east Texas's metros will open its first El Paso location in June. Chuy's Mexican Restaurant will have a location at the Fountains at Farah on the East Side.
A Chuy's restaurant will open this summer at the Fountains at Farah in El Paso. (

According to a press release, the restaurant will include an Elvis Shrine, the La Chihuahua Bar with framed photos of dogs, a "school" of hand-carved wooden fish, metal palms trees, and a hubcap-covered ceiling.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Will City of El Paso Buy Controversial Kern View Estates Property?

The City of El Paso will consider a proposal this week to purchase a 15.57 acre property on a hill overlooking the Kern and Mission Hills neighborhoods. A developer had previously put forward controversial plans to construct housing on the plot of land.
The City of El Paso may purchase a 15.57-acre property in West El Paso to preserve it as open space. (City of El Paso)

Kern View Estates includes 60 attached single family homes on the side of Crazy Cat Mountain, just east of Piedmont Drive.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

El Paso Ranks 5th Best in Nationwide Well-Being Index

The Sun City topped the nation in "purpose" and "physical" well-being in an recently published index. Overall, El Paso ranked 5th best in overall well-being for 2014.
El Paso ranked 5th best overall in a well-being ranking published by Gallup-Healthways. (

The 2014 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measured the 100 largest metros in the country in five different categories of well-being, including purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. El Paso ranked number one in two of the categories, purpose and physical well-being.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Land Study May Mean New NE El Paso Neighborhoods in the Franklin Mountain Foothills

The foothills of the Franklin Mountains in Northeast El Paso could see more residential development in the coming years after the City Plan Commission approved a land study for the area. "Sierra del Puerte" includes about 175 acres of land just west of Magnetic Street.
The site plan for a new residential development in Northeast El Paso shows streets winding around arroyos and open space. (City of El Paso)

According to the land study, the developer plans to construct 319 residential units on 70 acres. The site plan shows residential streets winding through the development, with arroyos interspersed throughout.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pottery Barn Opens Next Week at Outlet Shoppes

A Pottery Barn store is scheduled to open next week in Northwest El Paso. The newest addition to the Outlet Shoppes at El Paso will open Friday, March 20, 2015.

The 10,178 square foot store will open in the center's northern expansion which opened last year.

Officially a Pottery Barn Outlet, the store offers "high-quality products for the home," according to a press release. It is part of the Williams-Sonoma family of stores.

The new Pottery Barn Outlet store is located next to a Williams-Sonoma Outlet at the center. Shoppers will receive 10% off their entire purchase on opening day.

Montana Expressway? Images Show View of Future US 62/180 Freeway

A local design firm has unveiled renderings of what an eventual new East El Paso freeway may look like once completed. Plans were revealed by the Texas Department of Transportation in 2013 that show a miles-long stretch of Montana Avenue becoming an expressway east of Yarbrough Drive.
This rendering shows the western terminus of the planned US 62/180 freeway in East El Paso. The ramps take traffic to and from Global Reach Drive. (

Neomedia Design Group of El Paso posted several images online depicting multiple major intersections along the freeway, including at George Dieter Drive, Saul Kleinfeld Drive, and Rich Beem Boulevard.