Friday, February 26, 2016

Renderings Reveal Look of Future Northgate Transfer Center

By Armando Landin

The architect for the Northgate Transfer Center project in Northeast El Paso is offering a peak at what the future development may look like. Exigo Architecture, of El Paso, has posted renderings of the transfer center at its website.

This rendering shows what the Northgate Transfer Center may look like, coming soon to Northeast El Paso. (

The Northgate Transfer Center is considered a "catalyst" by the City of El Paso for the future transit-oriented Metro 31 smart growth community, which will be adjacent to this project. It will be used as the terminus of the Dyer Corridor of the Brio Rapid Transit System, currently under development.

In all, 31 acres will be developed at the former location of Northpark Mall at the corner of Dyer Street and Diana Drive.

According to the architect's website, the transfer center will itself be a mixed-use development, with retail spaces and a 181-space parking garage planned. Renderings show the parking structure possible hidden by liner facades, which could include the retail spaces. These would face a "Main Street" leading into the smart growth development.

A landscape community plaza fronts the Northgate Transfer Center in this rendering. The transfer center is considered a "catalyst" for the larger Metro 31 smart growth community. (

Renderings also show a circular community plaza that could possibly be used for public art and community events. Ponding park areas are located behind the structures in a preliminary site plan.

A site plan for the Northgate Transfer Center in Northeast El Paso shows the main building in dark blue and an adjacent parking structure in medium blue. Attached is an area highlighted in a coral color, which may be retail space along "Main Street." (

The layout of the Northgate Transfer Center and the larger Metro 31 development are subject to change, as has been seen in multiple iterations of each project. Metro 31 is being developed by Hunt Companies of El Paso. No construction start date has been announced for either project.

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