Monday, August 17, 2015

City to Extend Westin Hotel/Retail Complex Deadlines

The stalled Westin Hotel and retail complex that is planned near the El Paso International Airport is not dead, according to a City Council agenda item. City Representatives will consider extending deadlines to the incentives package and lease agreement that was approved for the project in 2013 due to an active lawsuit brought by nearby hotels.

An artistic rendering of the Acequia Park hotel and retail development planned for El Paso International Airport land. (Ronkot Design Vimeo Channel) 

Acequia Park, the name given to the complex by the developer, EP Vida, will consist of a 220-room hotel and attached retail complex on nine acres at the corner of Airway Boulevard and Boeing Drive.

The $64 million project was supposed to commence construction within twelve months of the incentives package approval, or by May 2014. The project has since been delayed due to a lawsuit filed by a group of nearby hotels. (Story: Airport Hotels Suing City of El Paso and Westin Developer)

An amendment that will be considered by City Council this week states that the incentives agreement will be extended due to the pending litigation. This will allow the developer to receive the same amount of time for incentives and reimbursements. However, the developer will still need to begin paying rent as originally scheduled.

Construction must be completed within 24 months of the date the lawsuit is finalized.

Previously:
Airport Hotels Suing City of El Paso and Westin Developer
Westin Hotel/Retail Complex Teased in New Video

14 comments:

  1. There are hotels going up all over El Paso.. Why should this one not be allowed, because near by business are concerned.. well good for the consumer then, nothing wrong with a little competition.

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  2. The hotels by the airport consisting of the Marriott,Radisson, and the Wyndham don't like the competition that Westin hotel will have on them.So they filed a lawsuit against both the city of El Paso and the Westin hotel because the city gave EP Developer a tax incentive. Maybe the city should give these three hotels a tax incentive to upgrade their own hotel facilities so that will keep them happy.

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  3. I also want to point out that Doubletree owner Jim Scherr is also against the Westin hotel by the airport.Sorry to say that the city turned down his request for a tax incentive to build a Courtyard by Marriott next to his Doubletree hotel downtown last December 2014.
    With this city council that we have now the downtown redevelopment progress seems to have stalled. Maybe Jim Scherr waited to long and he instead should have asked the previous city council for this same tax break.
    With former mayor John Cook and city manager Joyce Wilson and most city council members this Westin hotel would have already being built and open for business.

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    1. The current city council has really done a terrible job at seeing the award-winning Plan El Paso come to fruition. Mesa was supposed to become denser and more walkable but they keep granting exceptions to code to let suburban-style development propagate in the UTEP area.

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    1. I still think that the first architectural rendering of the hotel was way better than this rendering now.
      How many multi story buildings in El Paso have rectangular shape renderings? None.
      But I guess since I won't ever be staying in this hotel it really won't make any difference, by the way there will also be another multi story hotel going up on Montana st not far from this one.
      Closer to Bassett Place where the Lone star motel is now, that hotel will be six stories tall when completed. No rendering on that one yet.

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    2. I still think that the first architectural rendering of the hotel was way better than this rendering now.
      How many multi story buildings in El Paso have rectangular shape renderings? None.
      But I guess since I won't ever be staying in this hotel it really won't make any difference, by the way there will also be another multi story hotel going up on Montana st not far from this one.
      Closer to Bassett Place where the Lone star motel is now, that hotel will be six stories tall when completed. No rendering on that one yet.

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  5. To grade level mountainsides and pristine desert isn't innovative. It doesn't "improve" El Paso. Let's focus on the already existing declining neighborhoods and declining retail shops... Plenty of room for improvements there. Creating new structures and areas, and ignoring pre-existing ones is NOT innovative development.

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    1. That's why this development is such a great idea. Close to the airport and the redeveloping Airway neighborhood.

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  6. This blog has lost interest about what is going up in El Paso!
    one entry on May 19 another on August 17 and today is 9/22/15.Nothing on the Kansas street apartments or even the Franklin street apartments or that huge $500M development over next to Montecillo called the Aldea project.

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    1. It really does seem like the blog owner has kind of dropped off in the last year. It was several months between posts.

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  7. Well their back in business again and still no word about this ongoing lawsuit against the city of El Paso and the Westin Hotel.It's time to drop the lawsuit and let construction begin on this new Westin airport hotel.

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  8. Well their back in business again and still no word about this ongoing lawsuit against the city of El Paso and the Westin Hotel.It's time to drop the lawsuit and let construction begin on this new Westin airport hotel.

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  9. It's going to be another year and the greedy owner of the UGLY Wyndham hotel which by the way is one of the ugliest El Paso Hotels as it started off first as a Sheraton Inn back in the 1960's.
    The Wyndham can't get over the fact that the Westin Hotel offers much better quality in it's hotel rooms, not the mention their restaurant food.
    As for the Wyndham hotel itself, that hotel situated in front of the El Paso International Airport HOGS OUT!a huge portion of property as it sprawls using up a lot of real estate. And as for the proposed Westin, it will come with retail shopping,restaurants and other amenities that the Wyndham could never provide.

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