City Council approved a controversial proposal Tuesday to create a special taxing zone to spur development along the Northwest foothills of the Franklin Mountains.
Now, KTSM has learned about the major project that could be coming to the area.
El Paso Water has plans to conduct a feasibility study for an unnamed mountainside resort.
According to a draft report obtained KTSM, the purpose of building the attraction is to help re-brand El Paso as a destination community.
The resort would be built on land owned mostly by El Paso Water, but the draft report doesn’t specify where on the mountain it would be located.
El Paso Water owns land on both sides of the mountain.
The report also doesn’t name the resort, but former Mayor Oscar Leeser and current Mayor Dee Margo have both previously mentioned bringing in a Great Wolf Lodge — one of North America’s largest families of indoor water park resorts.
KTSM reached out to Great Wolf Lodge to see if it’s been in contact with the City. In a statement, the company says:
“We have had some dialog with city officials, but it is premature to speculate on the potential of a Great Wolf Lodge for El Paso.”
We also reached out to the City and El Paso Water to see if today’s vote is tied to the mountainside resort project.
“We have not entertained any offers from developers on the master plan, and are pleased that the City today voted to consider the purchase of the full Regulating Plan as it moves to shape west side development,” El Paso Water officials told KTSM.
The City has not yet responded.
KTSM has also submitted an open records request for the mountainside study; check back for updates.