Downtown El Paso’s skyline will be receiving a shiny new addition by early 2020.

WestStar Bank has announced plans to build the new 14-level high-rise at 601 N Mesa, overlooking I-10. The structure will occupy an entire city block bordered by Mesa, Oregon, Missouri and Wyoming streets. It will consist of fourteen floors and include eight levels for office space, five levels of parking (open to the public), and ground floor retail space.

The complex will also feature park-like green space available for use by the public.

The building will officially be named WestStar Tower and will be the new corporate headquarters for WestStar Bank (“WestStar”). The company will occupy three floors of the building and will also have a commercial bank operation on the ground floor.  It will bring an additional 35 employees to Downtown El Paso.  In total, WestStar and its affiliates will have approximately 180 employees working in the new location.

“We are excited to be closer to the start of the construction phase of a state-of-the-art class “A” office building in Downtown El Paso,” said L. Frederick “Rick” Francis, Chairman and CEO of WestStar Bank. “WestStar Bank has always had a presence downtown and we are proud to continue that legacy and put our name on this project.”

WestStar Tower will be constructed on property purchased by Hunt Companies (“Hunt”) in 2014. Hunt will also move their headquarters into the building and will bring an additional 175 employees downtown.

“We are proud to lead this project as part of our efforts to develop and revitalize Downtown El Paso,” said Josh Hunt, Executive Vice President of Hunt Companies. “Our hope is that the new WestStar Tower will serve as a catalyst for continued growth in the heart of our city.”

Mayor Dee Margo said “This is fantastic news. The energy and excitement surrounding this new high-rise development in Downtown El Paso is a welcomed addition to our collective community efforts to continue to make the center of our city an inviting and vibrant place.”

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