The northern portion of Sun Bowl Drive runs parallel
to El Paso's commercial Mesa Street. There is little
spatial definition along the street today and few pedestrian
amenities. It serves primarily as an access road for
the parking lots that border it, and to the campus's
Softball Complex and recreational facilities at the north
end of campus. Although remote from the Core Campus, the
strip of land between Sun Bowl Drive and Mesa Street is
one of the few relatively flat and unbuilt areas on UTEP's
existing property, and should be developed both to accommodate
facility needs and to strengthen connectivity between the North
Campus and the Core Campus.
The Master Plan proposes a mix of new buildings and parking
garages in this area, including a mixed-use residential and
retail complex. New vehicular and pedestrian streets will organize
the site, dividing this undeveloped land into blocks. An internal
pedestrian path will run north/south through the center of these
new blocks, linking the residences and parking in the mixed-use
complex to the Don Haskins Center and other facilities around Glory Road.
Interim Streetscape Improvements
Improvements should be made to the streetscape along North Sun
Bowl Drive in advance of new construction in this area.
Trees and desert vegetation should be planted along the sidewalks
and the borders of the existing parking lots. Bicycle paths should
be incorporated into the design of the street, and shade structures
should be constructed at intervals along the street.
Existing and proposed plans
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