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Sun Metro Issues a ‘Call to Artists’ For Northeast Transit Center

Sun Metro invites artists to apply for a chance to display their original art in the new Arves E. Jones, Sr. Transit Center at Northgate.

The Arves E. Jones, Sr. Transit Center at Northgate, located at 9348 Diana on the site that used to be the Northgate (then Northpark) Mall, is nearing completion of construction and will open soon.

The transit center is part of El Paso’s efforts to enhance its regional comprehensive transportation system. It also will provide civic space for the public to gather, and serve as an economic development engine for local business and surrounding community.

Northgate Tranist Center / Exigo

Sun Metro officials say that the center is the “anchor to a public-private partnership transit-oriented development planned for the remaining 23 acres of the former mall’s site.”

Artists selected for this project will have their art displayed in the interior of the transit center. A selection panel will review applications and select artists whose work is creative and reflective to the El Paso region.

Applications are available online by clicking on the “Opportunities” tab, then on “Arves E. Jones, Sr. Transit Center at Northgate.”

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on May 6, 2018.

For more information, please visit the website or contact Irene Villa at VillaIX@elpasotexas.gov or Aidee Cosme at cosmeia@elpasotexas.gov.

Familiar Landmark Returns as New Northgate Transit Center Nears Completion

An iconic, blue spire again rises in Northeast El Paso, courtesy of a husband and wife art team and the City of El Paso.

The Northgate Transfer Center, project located in Northeast El Paso, is home to the 60-foot spire, was receiving finishing touches on Tuesday.

The spire – named Torre de las Flores – is the creation of Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii, a husband and wife artist team.

Their piece commemorates the iconic tower, which once stood at the Sunrise Shopping Center in Northeast El Paso from the 1960’s through the early 1990’s.

The structure will be adorned with perforated gold metal discs that will move freely in the wind, and glimmer with the light of the sun, resembling the fields of yellow poppies that blanket the Franklin Mountains during the springtime.

At night, the structure will glow through the use of lighting.

This art piece will be the focal point of the plaza for the Northgate Transfer Center, which will feature 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.

The transfer center is a unique transit oriented project that will anchor a public-private development known as Metro 31. Metro 31 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.

City officials say, “This project is part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhance its infrastructure network and quality of life for residents, business and visitors through the creation of recreational, cultural and educational environments.”

The transfer center is scheduled to be operational in the Spring of 2018.

Photos courtesy City of El Paso / City of El Paso Capital Improvement Program 

City Set to Break Ground on Long-Awaited Northgate Transfer Center

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

New Rendering of Northgate Transfer Center Unveiled

Local architecture firm Exigo has released new renderings of the proposed Northgate Transfer Center.

The center, slated to replace the long-abandoned Northpark/Northgate Mall, will feature a bus transfer center, stores, an art plaza and a large parking garage. The property located the intersection of Dyer and Diana, has been vacant since the mall was demolished 5 years ago.

According to Exigo’s website the mixed-use project is expected to be completed in 2016.

According to previous releases by the city, the Northgate Transfer Center will serve as a main Northeast feeder to the Dyer Rapid Transit System RTS.  The station portion of the development will include enclosed waiting areas, canopies at bus bays with electronic on-street message boards, and ticketing & information offices.  The project has an estimated cost of $14.9 million dollar project

As for the Dyer RTS, the total length of the project will be approximately 10.2 miles, and will include all the services and amenities that are found on the recently constructed Mesa RTS.

With 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, the new route will connect Northeast El Paso to Central and Downtown El Paso.

Exigo has two previous projects for the city: the Union Plaza Streetscape and Redevelopment and the Arts Festival Plaza.

On their site, Exigo states ‘Aesthetic purposeful design does have a positive influence in the business environment. Every project presents a unique set of challenges and we pride ourselves in a designing solution that is appealing while functional.’

Previous renderings of the site can be viewed HERE

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