There have been a lot of development stories in the news lately. We could see the city's first IKEA store if a Northwest El Paso developer has his way, historic downtown El Paso buildings are getting renovated, and the westside could also see a new 22-story tower on Mesa.

Far East El Paso has the Las Palmas Marketplace, but a new center at the Americas Interchange could be one of the largest retail and entertainment centers ever built in El Paso.

Developers for The Plaza Del Rey say they want to have a huge retail area that would encircle restaurants, entertainment options, and hotels, and have 2.8 million square feet of usable space, including 1.68 million dedicated to retail alone. The developers say that if built the way it is currently planned, the site would also include an outlet mall.

The area they are talking about is Americas Avenue, the frontage road to Loop 375 south of I-10 in the far east part of El Paso. Four hotels with around 500 rooms would be situation nearest to the I-10/Loop 375 interchange for easy on/easy off access to the interstate. The planned site would also have an entertainment and restaurant district with large ponds and spouting fountains. Developers envision a movie theater, and a Topgolf-style driving range, as well.

The far east side is really growing, and an entertainment option for them and the travelers who use I-10 sounds like a good idea.

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