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.

Related:
This is 'Metro 31': City Reveals Northgate SmartCode Project Details
Renderings Reveal Look of Future Northgate Transfer Center

13 comments:

  1. It's kind of depressing to see that the west side and the east side get all sorts of new developments and the northeast slowly crumbles without anybody in our city really caring about it. This area was demolished about 4 years ago give or take. It took 4 years for them to make their minds up? Sure it takes time but I feel like they neglected a very important part of the city in the northeast region. I use to walk to school and pass by this region everyday throughout high school and not even the weeds growing out of the place were maintained, it looked and still looks like a wasteland. How are people suppose to care about their city with a lot that's full of trash just right around the corner. I hope they go through with what they are saying it would mean a lot for the residents of the area, I think they've been waiting enough time.

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    1. Northeast also has the most useless member of city council. Susie Byrd and Beto O'Rouke were constantly fighting to get funding and projects for their districts back when they were on council. Carl Robinson always looks like he has no idea what's going on.

      The Westside and Downtown get things done because they have the most active citizens.

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    2. Northeast also has the most useless member of city council. Susie Byrd and Beto O'Rouke were constantly fighting to get funding and projects for their districts back when they were on council. Carl Robinson always looks like he has no idea what's going on.

      The Westside and Downtown get things done because they have the most active citizens.

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  3. Late is better than never,time for Northeast El Paso to get some most needed Love from the city of El Paso.As the city has left out the Northest for the longest time,considering that Northest El Paso is the epicenter of future growth.
    Maybe the Meyers Group will build a tower in that part of town like they are going to at Shadow Mountain on the westside. Hopefully the Northeast don't have
    whining crybaby Naysayers like they do on the westside.Because it only takes one rotten apple to ruin everything for everyone like Lindsay Kronmiller is doing on the westside of town with the Shadow Mountain Tower.

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    1. Woah, so is the Shadow Mountain Tower not gonna get constructed?

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    2. The Shadow Mountain Tower is more popular with city leaders,zoning board commission,El Paso Chamber of Commerce and many more El Pasoans. Than those that oppose the tower.
      1000 are for the tower and 500 against it,all the city needs to do know is vote on the Shadow Mountain by approving it on July 12 city council meeting.Did you sign the petition?

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    3. Oh I see, thank you.
      The petition online? Yes I did.
      I agree with you though, I hope there is no opposers to this project because the Northeast really needs this.

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    4. What justification is there in opposing the tower? It's a fantastic high-density idea that is the kind of large-scale development this city hasn't seen in decades.

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    5. What justification is there in opposing the tower? It's a fantastic high-density idea that is the kind of large-scale development this city hasn't seen in decades.

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  6. Good for the Northeast!!! At last something worth going there in the first place. Love El Paso's expansion!! #SunCityIsMyCity

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