The Con

Did you see this story about the million dollar condos some people want to build on the west side?

The Meyers Group, which announced ambitious plans last year to build a 22-story high-rise on the Westside, has made dramatic changes to the project – swayed by new market research and criticism the project faced early on.

Instead of building one large tower with apartments and a hotel, the Florida-based company now plans two smaller, but not shorter, 22-story towers with posh condos that will test the city’s appetite for luxury living.

“Maybe the most shocking thing you are going to hear is that (the condos) are going to sell from between $1 million and $2 million,” Richard Lamondin, executive vice president of the Meyers Group, told El Paso Inc.

There are about fifteen homes on that are for sale for between one and two million dollars. And they’re nice. NICE. There are a few homes on Zillow for more than two million, too. But Zillow says lots of them have been on the market for more than a year.

I’m not suggesting that the Meyers Group are trying to perpetrate a con here. Rather, I suspect they may be the victims of the con. Of course, sometimes it’s hard to tell the bamboozlers from the bamboozled. But there’s a lot of private real estate changing hands, and for that to happen, there needs to be both a buyer and a seller.

Look, I know how it goes. When everybody stops clapping, Tinkerbell dies. I get that. Like George W. said, if we don’t hit the malls, the terrorists win.

And if it was just private money changing hands, I’d be cool with it. I’d give it a hundred Likes and two thumbs up. But, it order to perpertrate this grand con, support had to be widespread. Which means our local government had to pretend it was real, too.

Did they believe it? Maybe. Like I said, it’s hard to tell the hornswogglers from the hornswoggled. Did they believe it, or did they just pretend for the benefit of their benefactors?

So the City’s been acting like El Paso really is getting ready to explode, all evidence to the contrary.

Witness, for instance, the widespread official endorsement of the 2012 Quality of Life bonds, and the recent effort to throw a little more money at those projects. Witness, for instance, the Downtown Management District’s pitch for city center living.

“The desire to live in Downtown El Paso is strong based on the number of new housing options that continue to open up.”

Do those nice people at the Meyers Group really believe that they’re going to sell some million dollar condos on the west side? Maybe. But they’re not jumping all in just yet.

The Meyers Group is moving cautiously. It plans to open an information office in the next 30 days where people can learn more about the high-rise condominium project, which will be called Miradores.

The office will be located in the Hotel Paso del Norte, formerly the Camino Real Hotel, which the Meyers Group purchased in October. The company is leading the restoration of the historic hotel at 101 S. El Paso.

Later, the group will start taking reservations and deposits for condos. If they get enough commitments, they will start construction, according to Lamondin.

Did I ever tell that I used to sell health club memberships? I can relate.


  1. Meyers Group might inquire of Macy’s Sunland Park and JC Penney downtown why they are closing stores in the midst of this explosive economy.

  2. I’m glad l don’t own any stocks related to these Meyers idiots. l wouldn’t give you a million dollars for this entire garbage dump, third world country of a city. l’m not surprised that parts of the nation are thriving economically while the local economy is stagnant at best. What have we’ve seen in the last 5 years? Higher taxes, higher fees, a grotesque debt that’s only going to get worse, some local government services cut from 5 to 4 days, and a downtown that will have even slower traffic once the choo choo train comes to fruition. The only “good” thing about living in a town full of idiots is that they make voting very easy to decide. As soon as l find out who the retarded monkeys that live in this town vote for, l always vote for the other person, and l’ve always been right.

  3. The location for the two or three Mega-buildings is on two very busy streets: Mesa and Shadow Mountain.
    The Con is the location and cost!!

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