Friday, February 17, 2012

Fountains at Farah Design Changes Submitted

Update 2: View the latest elevations and details in our latest post here: 'Fountains' Website Updated, Debuts New Images

Update: The developer has moved the Grand Opening to November of 2013. See our post here: http://elpasodevnews.blogspot.com/2012/04/fountains-construction-start-opening.html

Original Post:
Centergy Retail, developer of the upcoming Fountains at Farah shopping center near Cielo Vista Mall, submitted a modified site plan to the City in November. Centergy was required to submit the changed site plan as part of the Chapter 380 Agreement that the City approved in 2008 to incentivize the development to demolish the blighted Farah warehouse and create a new retail development that includes "lifestyle" elements.

The new design was created by SWA, an international design firm, and has expanded the lifestyle area substantially. It includes a 1,800 foot long pedestrian-friendly promenade with shops and restaurants lining both sides, along with on-street parking. Behind the spaces lining the northeastern side of the promenade is a double-level parking structure. Big box retail will be located behind the structure, with storefronts aligned with the upper level.


Current site preparation construction is ongoing, though no tenants have been announced. The development's website, http://fountainsatfarah.com/, contains several conceptual elevation images, some of which show Best Buy and Dick's Sporting Goods signs on buildings, though these may purely appear for illustrative purposes.

City Council approved the changes. The development's brochure still lists Fall of 2012 as the grand opening date. The site is owned by Paul Foster.

Original City Council agenda item (PDF): http://www.elpasotexas.gov/muni_clerk/agenda/11-29-11/11291103P.pdf

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