Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Infill Project Planned for Vacant Downtown Property Along I-10

Recent rezoning plans filed with the City of El Paso show an office/retail project may be planned for a prominent property near Downtown along Interstate 10.
An infill project is planned for a long-vacant property across I-10 from Downtown El Paso. (City of El Paso)

The property sits adjacent to the westbound lanes of I-10, sandwiched between West Yandell Drive and Prospect Street on the southern edge of the Sunset Heights neighborhood and is currently vacant.

According to the site plan, two buildings are planned on the development with relatively small footprints, a narrow building with zero setbacks on Prospect Street and a larger building that will sit along West Yandell Drive.

A parking lot will take up the largest portion of the property, with landscaping planned throughout. Twenty-four parking spaces are required by City code, according to the site plan, while over 60 will be provided.
El Paso Development News has overlaid the site plan over satellite imagery of the property and surrounding neighborhood. Downtown El Paso is across Interstate 10 from the development, which is on the southern edge of Sunset Heights.

The total building area will be over 11,300 square feet, though the plan does not indicate the height or number of floors planned for each building.

The rezoning request is to change from Apartment/Special Permit to Special Development. The new zoning will allow the developer to include retail uses, though it is unclear if apartment uses have been excluded.

The project sits about 750 feet north of the El Paso Chihuahuas ballpark.

According to the application, the owner, Yandell Tower & Horizon Properties, will be required to submit a detailed site development plan before building permits can be issued.

No timeline, budget, or renderings have been disclosed. As with any project, it is possible the site plan is preliminary and could be subject to change.