A 4-story warehouse in downtown El Paso may soon be repurposed into a combination residential and retail development.
The larger site that the warehouse is located on, which also includes an existing 1-story building, will also be redeveloped to make way for a new restaurant and bar.
Splendid Sun Productions, with offices in El Paso and Austin, purchased the two buildings at the 1000 block of Texas Avenue in a part of the city dominated by garages and warehouses, more than a year ago.
The music promotion and event production company said it wanted to transform the rectangular-shaped site into a music venue with an emphasis on outdoor concerts.
The organizers behind the popular annual Neon Desert Music Festival in downtown El Paso, which attracts upwards of 32,000 people, Splendid Sun Production is also the owner of the city’s Lowbrow Palace music club.
Besides redeveloping the 48,000 square foot warehouse, which was built in 1965, Splendid Sun Productions wants to build a lawn bar and small market just to the west of that structure.
Plans also call for the construction of two covered outdoor stages, as well as the renovation and upgrading of the 1-story building, which measures 2,900 square feet and was built in 1917.
Members of the El Paso City Council have now given their approval to a zoning change for the project, as well as the project itself.
It has not yet been announced when work on the site will officially begin.
by Garry Boulard
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