Thursday, February 13, 2014

Airport Hotel Developer Moves Forward

Jordan Foster Construction Chosen as Contractor for Hotel/Retail Complex

Rendering of the 4-Star Hotel. (EP Vida, LLC)
Construction of a 4-Star hotel and retail complex near the El Paso International Airport is set to begin this summer, and now the developer has announced the contractor chosen for the project. EP Vida, LLC, a development company with an office in El Paso, announced in a press release that Jordan Foster Construction will perform “predevelopment services” for the project.

The complex will include a 220-room, full service hotel with an attached 80,000 square foot retail center. Renderings of the hotel indicate it will rise more than 10 stories and may carry the Westin brand name.

The site plan shows that the hotel will have a triangular footprint at the end of a street lined with shops. There has been no indication if any retail or restaurant tenants have been signed. The press release also indicates that it will include both indoor and outdoor entertainment venues.

El Paso City Council approved an incentives package last year for the hotel/retail complex on airport land, which is expected to cost $64 million to construct. The contract, approved in late May of 2013, stipulated that EP Vida must begin construction within one year.

The City’s list of “Four Star” amenities include availability of presidential and executive suites, concierge service, a full service restaurant and bar, meetings rooms, and “upscale” interior finishes. The City desires a “modern, refreshing, welcoming, comfortable and exceptional guest experience” for the hotel.

The hotel project will be constructed on a nine-acre vacant property at the corner of Airway Boulevard and Boeing Drive. It may open as soon as fall of 2015, according to the press release.