El Paso City Council has been working on getting a smart code community in the northeast part of town for years. Back in 2011, they bought the land that Northgate Mall sat on for $10 million and demolished the mall. They then waived about $13 million in taxes and fees so Hunt Metro 31, a Hunt Communities subsidiary, could develop the land.

Today, Council approved moving ahead with the construction of the Northgate Transfer Center on Wren and Diana. The project is expected to cost $10 million, with the City kicking in $2 million of that. The other $8 million will be covered by grants.

The site will have a bus terminal and a parking garage so you can park and ride Sun Metro to other parts of the city. A smart code community with shops, restaurants, lofts, apartments and a park is also planned for the future, similar to the one at the Montecillo on Mesa.

Construction of Northgate Transfer Center should be finished by 2017.