City plans for Cohen Stadium to include retail shops, athletic facility

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The future of Cohen Stadium in north east El Paso is at it’s first phase of development after the City of El Paso presented their plans for the stadium at EPPC’s Transmountain campus Monday evening.

The meeting was to get public input on the City’s plans for the former home of the Diablos. 

The plans scrap the entire stadium, making way for a veranda surrounded by retail shops, restaurants, and apartments as well as an aquatic center, an athletic facility, and an amphitheater. Dozens quickly lined up for public comment, concerned over parking and the possibility of yet another sports facility.

“We already have enough retail areas it felt like another Fountains at Farah or it kinda looked like UTEP in the sense that there is a circle in the middle that nobody really uses,” said Joann Nuñez. Some suggested bringing something like Destiny USA or a water park to the area instead.

“We build a lot of things that cost money, it’s time to produce income,” said John Joyner who says he wants to see an equestrian facility built at Cohen.

City Rep. Sam Morgan who represents the district Cohen is in said the City had been developing these preliminary plans for months, but that the meeting was solely for public input to steer them in the right direction.

How the City plans to fund the project was not discussed at the meeting. Morgan says he hopes to have a final master plan set for January of 2018.

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