Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ten-Acre East Side Retail Project Glimpsed in Development Plan

Proposed Site Plan Presented to City as Part of 2002 Rezoning Agreement

A detailed site development plan is offering a glimpse at a future retail project slated for East El Paso. The 10.85-acre property is at the corner of Montana Avenue and Tierra Este Road.
The tentative layout for the planned 10.85-acre retail development includes possible restaurant and retail uses. (City of El Paso)

The initial site plan shows a standard strip center layout with pad sites showing specific building footprints along with more general retail structures. Longer buildings are located towards the back of the property, near the boundary with Evergreen Cemetery to the east.

Across Tierra Este Road, a larger shopping center includes a Walmart Superstore, Lowe’s Home Improvement store, and several smaller retailers and restaurants.

The site plan is being presented to the City Plan Commission as part of a 2002 ordinance that allowed the zoning to change from Residential to Commercial. River Oaks Properties of El Paso is listed as the owner on the current detailed site development plan submission.
The retail development, shaded in yellow on this map, will be located at Tierra Este Road and Montana Avenue.

There are 296 parking spaces in the site plan, though only 152 are required by the City of El Paso. Another 15 bicycle spaces are planned. The City is recommending additional parking lot trees be added to the plan.

According to the development plan, the project will be built in two phases, with the portion of the property closest to Montana Avenue considered Phase Two. No timeline for the project has been disclosed, and the shopping center does not appear on River Oaks Properties’ website.

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