Monday, August 22, 2016

32-Acre Mixed Use Center Planned for West El Paso

By Armando Landin
A new 32-acre shopping center is planned for Northwest El Paso and could be the first along the Transmountain corridor west of the Franklin Mountains.

Four restaurants surround a plaza in this rendering of the Legacy at Cimarron, a "mixed-use" development planned for West El Paso. (ESmith Legacy/RJL Real Estate)

The Legacy at Cimarron is billing itself as a mixed-use community that will offer space for retail shops, restaurants, and office uses. It also includes two hotels, with a total of 228 rooms.

The center will be located along the southern side of Loop 375, along Transmountain Road between Resler Drive and Northwestern Drive.

In all, the Legacy at Cimarron will have 380,000 square feet of space for retail, medical, and office uses. Restaurant, retail, fitness, and entertainment space makes up 180,000 square feet, with the remaining 200,000 square feet dedicated to medical and "wellness focused services," according to a property brochure from RJL Real Estate Consultants.

This rendering shows the entrance to the entertainment section at the Legacy at Cimarron, a retail and office center slated for West El Paso. (ESmith Legacy/RJL Real Estate)

The site plan for the property shows several uses spread throughout, with the majority of retail and restaurants concentrated towards the center. This area will have four restaurants surrounding a fountain and plaza area, oriented toward San Felipe Drive, the street that travels along the southern boundary of the center.

A market, entertainment space, and fitness center make up the rest of this area. The "entertainment" area on the site plan states it will have 980 seats, an indicator that it may include a movie theater.

Restaurant spaces are shown in orange in the site plan for the Legacy at Cimarron, with light yellow indicating retail buildings. Buildings in blue will be used for office purposes, while pink indicates "entertainment." Hotels are shown in purple. The mixed-use center will go up along Transmountain Road in West El Paso. (ESmith Legacy/RJL Real Estate)

The western end includes two hotel buildings situated closer to Transmountain Road, with two nearby larger restaurant spaces.

A group of medical office buildings will sit on the other side of the main retail area. The current site plan shows two-level structures, with parking located on the first floor in two of the buildings.

And the eastern end of the center includes two restaurants, a small retail building, and a pharmacy. This section is located nearest to Resler Drive.

The medical/office area at the Legacy at Cimarron is shown in this rendering. Currently, four buildings will be used for this purpose at the center in West El Paso. (ESmith Legacy/RJL Real Estate)

The property brochure for the project highlights the Legacy at Cimarron's proximity to Loop 375 and Interstate 10, as well as nearby "large scale" employers such as ADP, Hewlett Packard, and Helen of Troy.

Also nearby are multiple burgeoning residential developments to the north. These include Enchanted Hills, with a planned 2,500 to 3,000 single family and multifamily units, and Desert Springs with 526 homes and 160 apartment units. The Cimarron master planned community is also nearby, to the south, which will have 2,200 homes and 500 apartment units when built out.

The Legacy at Cimarron in West El Paso will be located along Transmountain Road. 

Across Resler Drive from the Legacy is the new Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, a 140 bed teaching hospital that will operate in conjunction with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. It is scheduled to open in early 2017.

Interestingly, a senior living facility with the same name is under construction at the corner of Paseo del Norte and Northern Pass Drive. It's unclear if these projects are related or if either will undergo a name change to avoid confusion.

This is the latest in a string of retail projects that have come to light that are planned for the Northwest area of El Paso. Two major nearby projects include the 500,00 square foot West Towne Marketplace and 92,000 square foot Canyons at Cimarron.

(Previously: ‘West Towne Marketplace’ to bring 500,000 Square Foot Retail Center to West El Paso, and Canyons at Cimarron Bringing 'Casual Lifestyle' Shopping Center to West El Paso)

There is no timeline for construction of the Legacy at Cimarron mixed-use center, and, as always, its site plan is subject to change. ESmith Legacy of Dallas is listed as the developer on the site plan with O'Brien Architects in charge of design.


  1. This can be a slippery slope. One one hand this is fantastic news and I absolutely enjoy the growth. El Paso needs more walkable multi-use developments, on every side of town. Then we need to connect these various developments with rapid transit nodes.
    On the other hand, I also know these types of developments are truly fuel for El Paso Electric's fire. Residential and small commercial refrigerated air conditioning is the main driver of El Paso Electric's peak load. With a strong focus on energy efficiency, this paradigm could shift. These developments could be net-zero ready, similar to what is going on in Austin (Whisper Valley), Georgia (Serenbe), Kentucky (Norton Commons), and other various developments across the nation. This allows tenants to put more money into their businesses rather than spending it on utility bills just to keep their customers comfortable in our hot summer heat. A focus on energy conservation would benefit everyone involved.. The developers will have better market-ability and enjoy faster saturation rates. The tenants would benefit with lower utility bills and increased Debt Coverage ability. The increased cash flow and debt service ability appeals to lenders.

  2. Why do developers have to build on every piece of open land. It destroys the natural beauty and disperses the wildlife. Why open all these retail outlets when statistics show that Americans are no longer going to malls or brick and mortar stores and instead shop on line.

    1. It's called Progress,in order for civilizations to thrive we must build,what get me is that they are destroying the Franklin Mountains. With their Stone Quarry Craters carving out the mountainside and completely ruining its magnificent beauty.Then they want to develope up to higher elevations by building houses for the most elite.As far as wildlife is concerned there is more open space throughout the entire region.They have a lot more land than humans do,humans are just bunched up in crowded communities and so we must provide work for us to do.
      As for retail outlets,malls,brick and mortar stores,that is where most people find employment.We must all work to feed our families. However you do have a good point,just wondering why SunLand Park Mall is never as busy as Cielo Vista Mall.Do you think that maybe Westsiders do more on line shopping than Eastsideres do? Maybe So.But if we stop progress might as well stop living or move far far away where there is nothing but wilderness,wildlife.And no cell phone towers smart phones or computers to shop on line to take advantage of sales at Macy's.
      It don't work that way in El Paso,we build for the future we build when there is demand to build like we are doing now.We can still coexist with wildlife like we are doing now, just as long as some coyote don't creep up and snag your little puppy dog for a quick lunch or snack.Same goes for predators from the sky like raptors birds of prey,but they don't do it all the time.And they don't order out for delivery either.They just sneak up or swooped down take it at will and Hasta La Vista Baby in animal heaven.