The property located at the corner of Diana Drive and Stahala Drive adjacent to Sue Young Park in Northeast El Paso, known as “The Kenworthy Site,” was acquired by the Paisano Housing Redevelopment Corporation (PHRC), a 501c(3) subsidiary of the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP), from Private Investors in April 2011.
The site itself contains 58.115 acres, of which 16.4 acres can be developed. PHRC took over the private investors’ development agreement with the City of El Paso to extend Stahala Drive and construct a bridge so that the buildable acres can be accessed. Work in this regard commenced in August 2013 and the road and bridge are slated for completion in March 2014.
Once the road and bridge are complete, PHRC intends to expand the buildable acreage by 10 to approximately 26.4 acres, at which point PHRC will review its options as to the type of development that may be constructed. As of October 2013, the idea is to construct a mixed-income, mixed-finance apartment community. These units may be similar to those under construction as part of the Eastside Crossings community on the corner of Joe Battle Blvd. and Zaragoza Road on the City’s Eastside. Through a public-private partnership, Eastside Crossings will feature a mix of rent structures for families of upper income, middle income, and lower income demographics. In order for Eastside Crossings to be financially viable, it is being constructed and will be managed to appeal to the residents paying upper income rents. Possible amenities to the Kenworthy Site that are featured in Eastside Crossings include LEED Silver design and construction strategies, covered parking, walking trails, a swimming pool, a clubhouse with fitness center, BBQ grills, and a covered playground.
At this time, no final construction plans exist for the Kenworthy Site.