Land swap, incentives for Great Wolf Lodge approved by El Paso City Council

El Paso News
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Correction: Dr. Noe gave a verbal yes to the vote due to a technical glitch that didn’t allow him to electronically log his vote. A earlier version of this story incorrectly stated he abstained. 

A land deal and incentive package aimed at landing a Great Wolf Lodge on the West side was approved unanimously by the El Paso City Council.

The motion passed after a presentation and hours of public comment.

The city’s package to persuade the large resort and indoor water park to build in West El Paso includes:

  • Trading up to 2,300 acres of land in Northeast El Paso for a 44-acre piece of land, worth about $18.6 million, on North Desert Boulevard and Paseo del Norte, where the resort would be built.
  • Multiple incentives, including property tax rebates, Hotel Occupancy Tax rebates and sales tax rebates.
  • The city will also assist in applying for state-wide rebates.

You can find out more about the proposed deal by clicking here.

The company will meet with the El Paso County Commissioners later Tuesday for additional incentives.

The presentation given Tuesday at city council said that El Paso would benefit economically with Great Wolf Lodge coming. It is estimated that there will be more than 1,190 construction jobs and more than 385 jobs at the resort. 

The presentation said that Great Wolf would provide a $160 million capital investment and it also estimates a $680 million economic impact to the city over the course of 10 years and more than 500,000 visitors annually.

Public speakers were torn on the issue. Some encouraged council to bring the attraction to El Paso, while others considered it a boon. 

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