Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Update: City Postpones Vote on West Side Tower

Update: The El Paso City Council has postponed a vote on the Shadow Mountain development, stating the rezoning application will be considered in one week. City Council no longer holds weekly meetings, so it's unclear if the City will hold a special meeting or actually means the vote will be postponed until the next regular meeting on July 29, 2016. We will update the date of the vote when it is official.

Original Story:

Monday, July 11, 2016

El Paso City Representatives will decide on Tuesday whether or not to allow a 22-story tower to go up on the West Side. City Council will vote on a rezoning request at its biweekly meeting.

The El Paso City Council will decide the fate of the proposed 22-story Shadow Mountain tower at its July 11, 2016 meeting. The existing Coronado Tower is to the right. (Meyers Group)

The project, located at 201 Shadow Mountain Drive, just east of the Sunland Park Drive and Mesa Street intersection, requires a General Mixed Use zone to allow for hotel, residential, and retail uses within the same building.

By voting on the zoning change, the City is essentially deciding the fate of the project. The City Plan Commission voted unanimously to approve the zoning change in April, and City Council has the final say.

The project, dubbed Shadow Mountain by Florida-based developer Meyers Group, will include 228 apartment units, 219 hotel units, and 42,000 square feet of retail space. A five story garage will provide over 700 parking spaces for the development.

Shadow Mountain has not been without controversy, as some residents in neighborhoods near to the proposed site have been vocal in opposing the tower, arguing that such a structure would obscure their views and create traffic woes. 

The Shadow Mountain tower, proposed for West El Paso, would be located on a vacant lot at 201 Shadow Mountain Drive. (City of El Paso)

Others in support of the development highlight the economic boost of a $100+ million investment by the Meyers Group and the idea of higher density, walkable communities that are in contrast to suburban sprawl that El Pasoans are typically used to seeing.

If approved, construction on the project could start as soon as 2017.