Years after the city’s second shopping center – Northgate Mall – was demolished, construction equipment will once again return to the site, this time to begin work the long-awaited Northgate Transfer Center.
A grounbreaking ceremony is set for Friday morning at 10 a.m. Once complete, Sun Metro’s Northgate Transfer Center and parking garage will feature unique, transit-oriented development.
The transfer center will anchor a public-private development known as Metro 31, which is a mixed-use venture that will integrate the new transfer center and its Dyer Brio rapid transit corridor station with residential, retail and commercial office spaces.
The new transit center was designed by EXIGO of El Paso, assisted by RNL of Denver, Colorado. The project was designed as a LEED silver project, and includes the construction of the following passenger amenities: a park and ride garage, bus drop off and pickup shelters, enclosed waiting and ticketing areas, electronic on-street message boards, ticketing & information offices, bike racks, and the construction of a landscaped pedestrian plaza.
As part of the process to enhance the connectivity of the area, the City of El Paso is also reconstructing Wren Avenue, which is located adjacent to the new transfer center.
The reconstruction of Wren Avenue is a $1.9 million dollar project which will allow Wren Avenue to be reconstructed from Dyer Street to just east of Shoppers Road in concrete, and once complete, it will be a vital transportation link for Northeast El Paso.
The project will include the addition of buffered bike lanes, pedestrian walkways with their own landscaping, dark sky compliant decorative lighting, as well as the installation of a textured concrete crosswalk with an imbedded caution light system at the intersection of Wren Avenue and Shoppers Road.
Both projects are components of a much larger plan to enhance the transportation system of this area and promote a Transportation Oriented Development (TOD) as part of the former NorthPark Mall site.
In late June, City Council awarded a contract valued at $10,639,000 to Dantex Construction company for the construction of the Northgate Transfer Center project, which will serve as the main feeder and northeast terminal for the new Dyer BRIO System.
The Dyer BRIO system which will begin construction in 2017 will offer El Pasoans a high quality rapid transit system, which will connect Northeast El Paso to Central and Downtown El Paso.
The total length of this $35.8 million dollar project will be approximately 10.2 miles, and will include all the services and amenities that are found on the recently constructed Mesa BRIO, such as 60-foot articulated buses, a bus service of 10 minutes (peak service) to 15 minutes (off-peak service), landscaped stations that are spaced about a mile apart, and the ability to lengthen green traffic signals.
WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Northgate Transfer Center
WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2016
WHERE: At construction site on Wren near Dyer intersection