Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Northgate Transfer Center Breaks Ground August 12th

By Armando Landin   

The long-awaited Northgate Transfer Center project will break ground August 12, 2016, marking the beginning of construction for the anchor of the Metro 31 transit oriented development.

The planned Northgate Transfer Center in Northeast El Paso will have an official groundbreaking ceremony on August 12, 2016. (City of El Paso)

The $10.6 million transfer center, located at 9347 Diana Drive in Northeast El Paso, will include a park and ride garage and an enclosed waiting area with nearby ticketing areas. A large, outdoor pedestrian plaza is also planned.

Retail spaces will line the two story garage on a street leading into the Metro 31 development. The projects are related but are being developed separately.

(Previously: Northgate Transit Project To Break Ground Soon)

Metro 31 is a proposed mixed use transit oriented development that will include residential, retail, and office components in a smart growth environment. Hunt Communities of El Paso was awarded the development contract.

A preliminary rendering of what the Metro 31 transit oriented development in El Paso may look like. (Exigo Architecture)

(Previously: This is 'Metro 31': City Reveals Northgate SmartCode Project Details)

The Northgate Transfer Center will be the terminus of the Brio Rapid Transit System's Dyer corridor, which will stretch from Downtown El Paso to the Northeast side of the city. That 12-mile long project is under development with a budget of $35.8 million.

The Northgate Transfer Center in El Paso will include a round pedestrian plaza as well as retail uses in front of a two-level park and ride garage, starting construction soon. (City of El Paso)

Wren Avenue will be reconstructed as part of the Northgate Transfer Center project and will add bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and decorative lighting to the street. Wren Avenue should be completed in January 2017.

(Previously: Renderings Reveal Look of Future Northgate Transfer Center)

The transfer center itself should be completed in fall of 2017, with Dantex Construction of El Paso awarded the construction contract. Exigo Architecture of El Paso is behind the design with assistance from RNL Design of Denver.