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.

3 comments:

  1. According to the El Paso Inc. the vote on this magnificent beautiful tower will be held on Tuesday July 19 and not tomorrow July 11.I feel that the majority of El Pasoans are onboard with the Shadow Mountain tower development.Prominent city leaders including the El Paso Chamber of Commerce all support this type of development.This tower is only a seed for more future development of these types of buildings and Progress Is A Good Thing!I can see the El Paso Developing News posting more great news about future projects of this magnitude. We need to change El Paso and not continue to live in the small town attitude mentality.In my own opinion I wish that the Meyers Group would add many more floors to the tower itself. Enough floors where we can also see this tower hover over the Franklin Mountains from the eastside of town.Yeah that is impossible,but we need a nice big beautiful tower like this one on the eastside of town as well.BTW! the Meyers Group has plans for the vacant property across city hall, they are competing with four other developers to come up with a design proposal.The winner will be announced in August and I'm hoping that city council picks the Meyers Group design.I could only imagine what their architect
    design concept will be, but it should be a great one.

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    1. Meyers group has another project in mind?

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    2. Yes they do, but first another unexpected surprise development by the Meyers Group! They are going to renovate the dilapidated Camino Real Hotel.Resulting in a most needed Convention Size downtown hotel at price cost $70 million and $35 million tax incentive.They also have their sights on the vacant city block across the street from city hall for a mix/use development project. There are five developers competing for this property and the winner will be announce next month in August.
      I hope the city picks the Meyers Group for this project,the Meyers Group people are willing to invest in El Paso's future.I love El Paso I love the progress we are experiencing, It's a very exciting experience.

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