Monday, June 27, 2016

Northgate Transit Project To Break Ground Soon

The City of El Paso will vote Tuesday on awarding a contract for the construction of the Northgate Transfer Center, signalling that work should begin in the coming weeks.

Construction on the Northgate Transfer Center in Northeast El Paso should begin in the coming weeks. (City of El Paso)

Northgate's transit terminal is the first part of the larger Metro 31 transit oriented development planned in Northeast El Paso.

Dantex Construction of El Paso submitted the winning bid for the $10.6 million project and will have 350 days to complete the project. There were four bids submitted in all.

The project includes constructing a transfer center that will be the terminus for the Dyer Corridor of the Brio Rapid Transit System (RTS), running from Downtown El Paso to the Northeast side of the city.

The Northgate Transfer Center site plan shows the terminal building in the lower area. The transit terminal could open in 2017 in Northeast El Paso. (City of El Paso)

The transfer center will consist of a terminal building with a two story, 181-space parking garage, 16,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, and a circular public plaza.

A public art piece called "Spire" will shoot up from the center of the plaza.

A nighttime rendering of a public art piece called "Spire," planned for the Northgate Transfer Center in Northeast El Paso. (City of El Paso)

Heavy landscaping is also included in the project including 137 new trees, 2,359 shrubs, 581 ground cover plants, concrete benches and planters, and decorative lighting.

The Northgate Transfer Center is considered the catalyst for the Metro 31 development, which will create a smart growth, mixed-use community on the vacant property adjacent to the transit terminal site, formerly the home of Northpark Mall which was demolished years ago.

Bird's eye view of the upcoming transit terminal in Northeast El Paso. Construction on it should begin in the coming weeks. (City of El Paso)

The City of El Paso awarded the contract from Metro 31 to Hunt Development Group of El Paso in late 2014. There has been no movement since then with Hunt presumably waiting for the adjoining transfer center to be completed before starting its project. (Previously: City Approves 'Metro 31' Mixed Use Project for Northeast El Paso)

City Council's vote on the transfer center contract will take place June 28, 2016.

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