Wednesday, April 27, 2016

'The Substation' Brings Village-Style Retail Center to West El Paso

By Armando Landin   

An upcoming commercial project will add a "village-style" retail center to West El Paso and will include shops and restaurants in a "heavily landscaped" atmosphere.

One of the main features at The Substation retail center in West El Paso will be a pedestrian mall and meeting area, shown in this rendering. (EP Riverbend Development)

That's according to plans for The Substation which will be built at the corner of Doniphan Drive and Sunset Road near El Paso's Upper Valley, south of North Mesa Street.

The center will include 24,000 square feet of total space for both restaurants and retail uses amid "heavy landscaping" and outdoor seating areas.

The retail buildings at The Substation will front both Doniphan Drive and Sunset Road with parking largely hidden from view. This rendering shows the "landmark tower" that will adorn the corner at the intersection in West El Paso. (EP Riverbend Development)

According to the site plan and renderings of the site, buildings will be clustered at slight angles along Doniphan and Sunset, with the majority of parking placed behind the buildings. There will also be street parking along Sunset.

A "landmark tower" will add architectural interest to the intersection, with a small pedestrian mall and seating area behind it.

The developer of The Substation retail center in West El Paso plans to add "heavy" landscaping throughout. (EP Riverbend Development)

The retail center has been in the works for a few years with EP Riverbend Development spearheading the project.

The site plan for The Substation in West El Paso shows how the retail and restaurant structures will be featured along the streets, not hindered from view by parking lots. (EP Riverbend Development)

"The Substation concept brings a unique approach to retail and dining in a 'village' approach on a site long overdue for redevelopment," the developer states on the project website.

"The project will incorporate a vintage look and feel through uncommon 'nostalgic' design elements within the facades and building materials. The village will be heavily landscaped and utilize connected walkpaths, a pedestrian mall area, outdoor seating areas, and unique vintage signage options."

A page at the site lists two tenants so far, 2Ten Coffee Roasters and The Old Yellow Bus, a children's boutique.

According to the website, plans are to open the center in summer of 2016.

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