Monday, January 27, 2014

More Housing for Downtown Area

Multi-Story Apartment Building Seeks City Approval

A neighborhood near Downtown El Paso could see a four-story, mixed-use apartment building in the coming years, if the project receives City approval. The “Campbell Apartments” would span a half-acre made up of adjacent properties at the corner of South Campbell Street and 3rd Avenue, one block south of Paisano Drive.
The front and side elevations of the planned structure show a four-story, mixed-use apartment building. (City of El Paso)

According to the Master Zoning Plan, there will be 82 apartment units made up of 16 three-bedroom, 49 two-bedroom, and 17 one-bedroom units spread out over four levels. The apartments will surround a central, landscaped courtyard.

In addition, four spaces at street-level will be dedicated to commercial use, with a total of nearly 4,000 square feet available for this purpose. The shop fronts will line South Campbell Street, with residential apartments on the floors above the retail space. Access points to the courtyard will be located between the shops, with an additional two access points leading out to the alley behind the building.
A central courtyard is part of the initial site plan for the Campbell Apartments planned for Downtown El Paso. (City of El Paso)

There is no parking included in the project, and the developer is seeking a 100% reduction to the parking requirement. The Master Zoning Plan states the project will be built in one phase.

The new project will replace several older structures, including existing multi-family apartments. The site sits just outside of the Downtown core in a city block on the northern edge of Segundo Barrio. No information is yet available on rental rates or individual apartment size.

There has been an uptick in new residential projects for the Downtown area in recent years. The Magoffin Park Villas brought 91 units to the Magoffin historic neighborhood in 2011, and The Mix at Union Plaza added 14 units last year. Next up are the Martin Building apartments in the middle of Downtown which will contribute about 40 units.
The new apartment building will replace a row of older buildings on South Campbell Street.

Other developments in the pipeline include a Franklin Avenue project with 40 units, the Artspace artist lofts with 50 units, and the Savoy apartment project with 27 units.

A rezoning application is scheduled to be considered at the February 13, 2014, City Plan Commission meeting. City Representatives may consider the item for final approval at the February 18, 2014, City Council meeting. No timeline for construction of the project has been disclosed.