Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another Union Plaza Building May See Renovation

Structure in Downtown El Paso is One Block from Ballpark

Union Plaza, one of Downtown El Paso’s most unique neighborhoods, could see the renovation of another of its historic buildings according to concept images posted online.
A Downtown El Paso structure in Union Plaza may see renovations soon, according to renderings posted online.  (www.loopnet.com)

The building, located at 500 San Francisco on the western edge of Downtown, is the current home of The Plum lounge and famously housed Club 101 several years back. Its current size is at about 11,700 square feet, but 13,181 square feet would be available to lease due to the expansion and renovation. Spaces will be for retail and restaurant uses.

According to renderings of what the structure may look like once construction is complete, the facade will see a major changes including storefronts with large windows, varying materials, and landscaping.

Google Street View of the building
that may undergo renovation in
Downtown El Paso.
A tall glass shaft will take a prominent spot along Durango Street, rising up to a new rooftop terrace that may also be available to lease. Spacious patios could hold seating areas on sidewalk portions in front of the building, which are wider than usual.

The building is located a baseball throw away from the Triple-A ballpark, which is just to the northeast. It is also at the western terminus of the pedestrian pathway currently under construction on the northern side of the convention center.

The renderings, which were created by PhiloWilke Partnership of El Paso (www.pwarch.com), have been posted on a commercial listing at LoopNet (www.loopnet.com). According to the listing, the renderings and tenant names are for marketing purposes only, meaning the eventual project may look different once realized.
Overhead view of the building, showing a possible rooftop terrace in this concept image. (www.loopnet.com)

This is the latest in a string of proposed Union Plaza renovation projects that have sprung up in recent years. The most recently announced project is the renovation of a vacant building less than two blocks away. That project, at 513 West San Antonio, is creating a mixed-use development that includes apartments and retail.