Details emerge on east El Paso's 'Montana Commons'

Rendering Courtesy El Paso DevNews; LoopNet

Shopping Center plan replaces former 'El Cruzero' smart growth layout

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 11:20am

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A prime corner in Far East El Paso will be home to a 500,000 square foot shopping center in the coming years, and details are emerging regarding its layout and possi-ble retail tenants. Montana Commons will begin construction in 2016 at Montana Ave-nue and Joe Battle Boulevard on land that was previously slated for the El Cruzero smart growth development.

The shopping center will be laid out in a traditional power center fashion, as indicat-ed by the site plan, with large box stores along the back of the development and smaller shop and restaurant buildings closer to the street. Large parking lots will be lo-cated in front of the stores.

The site plan shows that the largest tenant may be a 140,000+ square foot Sam’s Club location, which includes a fuel island near Montana Avenue. Two other possible stores include an Academy Sports & Outdoors location and a Burlington discount store.

Like other tentative retail centers, the list of possible tenants is dynamic and may change before ground is even broken.

The 60-acre site was formerly part of the El Cruzero smart growth community that was canceled last year when the land was sold to River Oaks Properties of El Paso, the company that is now developing the Montana Commons project.

El Cruzero envisioned a hotel block, mixed-use buildings, residential homes, and a town center for the area now being devel-oped as Montana Commons. When River Oaks purchased the property last year, the developer told El Paso Inc. it might develop a portion as “Town Center on the Loop,” though there were no official plans on the drawing board.

Last week, in an El Paso Times story revealing the Montana Commons shopping center, there was no mention of “Town Center on the Loop,” though River Oaks did indicate it plans to sell off the remainder of the former El Cruzero acreage to other de-velopers and homebuilders.
Construction of Montana Commons will begin in 2016.

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