Monday, November 10, 2014

Airport Hotels Suing City of El Paso and Westin Developer

Two (possibly three) hotel operators near the El Paso International Airport are suing the City of El Paso and EP Vida, LLC, the developer of the high-rise Westin Hotel and attached retail complex that are planned for airport land.
The timeline for the Acequia Park hotel/retail project near the El Paso airport has shifted multiple times. A lawsuit naming the developer, EP Vida, will be discussed in Executive Session at the next City Council meeting. (Ronkot Design Vimeo Channel)

The City is scheduled to discuss two items in executive session on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, relating to EP Vida, which wants to build the Acequia Park hotel and retail complex that would include the Westin brand. The first item is the pending legal case while the second regards the Chapter 380 incentives package approved for the project last year.

Details of the case are not available, but the names on the agenda item indicate that the lawsuit was brought by three airport hotel operators: EP Hotel Partners, LP, which operates the Radisson Hotel; Spokane Equities Limited Partnership, parent company of the Wyndham Hotel; and CP El Paso, Ltd., the operator of the Marriott Hotel. A previous claim was filed a year ago without a "Cause Number" by EP Hotel Partners and Spokane Equities. In addition, although CP El Paso is listed in the City's agenda item, it is not listed as a plaintiff in the online Register of Actions.

In May of 2013, the City of El Paso awarded an incentives package to EP Vida, LLC, to develop a nine-acre property at Boeing Drive and Airway Boulevard into a four-star hotel and retail complex. As part of the agreement, the developer will construct a hotel with at least 220 rooms along with an 80,000 square foot retail complex. In all, the project is expected to cost $64 million, according to the incentives agreement.

The Acequia Park project's timeline has shifted multiple times, with initial plans to begin construction towards the beginning of 2014, according to the developer, later setting summer of 2014 as the target time frame. In July, the developer stated that revisions to the property’s plat had delayed the project and that they were not sure when construction would begin.

It is unclear if the delay of groundbreaking on the project has been affected by the pending legal case as well; details will most likely be kept sealed as City Council will discuss the case behind closed doors. A new vote may be required if the City opts to change or amend the Chapter 380 agreement with EP Vida.

Previously: Westin Hotel/Retail Complex Teased in New Video


  1. So the Marriott,the Radisson, and the Wyndham don't want any competition from the more luxury well known Westin Hotel chain.
    The Westin Hotel comes with a bigger package deal since it includes shopping retail stores, restaurants even what appears to be a bowling alley and a movie theater.
    Theres plenty of room for all that but there is never plenty of room for greedy hotel owners, these hotels can't have all the market to themselves then cry foul.

  2. El Paso city leaders should know by now that they are not going to get another deal with any hotel corporation if this deal falls through.This airport land has been vacant for the longest time and it was in the best intention of previous city councils to reserve this property for this particular project, and the time has now arrived. Either build it or lose it as this will also serve good notice to other hotel would be developers that might be interested in building hotels in El Paso, this law suit should be dropped, greed serves no purpose in El Paso, there is plenty of cake to go around for everyone should get a slice.

  3. For the archive,my last log was on November 10,2014 and now it is May 5 2016 and this stupid lawsuit against the Westin developer EP Vida,LLC, is still dragging on.I would never stay at the Wyndham hotel at the airport if I was a tourist or even a homeless, the Westin hotel if it ever gets built will be a Four Star Hotel, That's quality that the Wyndham can't compete with.Enough with your stupid greedy lawsuit Wyndham, you can't have all the airport hotel market for yourself.

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