Friday, October 14, 2016

Topgolf to Open at Montecillo in El Paso

By Armando Landin     

The City is on the brink of signing a deal with Topgolf to open a sports entertainment venue in El Paso. City Council will consider approving an incentives agreement at its next meeting.

From top left: The exterior facade of an existing Topgolf facility; Hitting bays include seating for several people and are climate controlled; A rooftop terrace at an existing location; A wide view of hitting bays and outfield targets. (City of El Paso)

According to City documents, Topgolf is planning a $15.7 million facility that will be located at the Montecillo smart growth development in West El Paso.

Plans may include constructing a three level facility with 102 hitting bays and 11 outfield targets. The building may have 3,000 square feet of event space, a 3,000 square foot rooftop terrace, and a 50 table restaurant.

Details on the Topgolf location within the 292-acre Montecillo development have not been disclosed. Other projects under construction at Montecillo include a Town Center, single-family and town homes, and an unnamed hotel. Montecillo is located at the corner of North Mesa Street and Montecillo Boulevard.

(Previously: New Details Emerge for Montecillo Town Center)

The Chapter 380 incentives agreement drafted for Topgolf includes rebates on City property taxes, the City's portion of sales tax, and some building and planning fees. In all, the package includes over $5 million in incentives.

Once the agreement is finalized, Topgolf will have 12 months to begin construction. No word on when construction will be completed.

Topgolf first announced interest in opening an El Paso location earlier this year, but no concrete plans were announced. The company operates 29 venues and serves 13 million guests every year.

(Previously: Topgolf Shows Interest in El Paso, But Where?)

Hitting bays are climate controlled for year round play and include seating for a small group, large screen televisions, and a "chef-driven" food and beverage menu.

City Council will consider the incentives agreement at its October 18, 2016, meeting.

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