Residential/commercial project at Monroe & Avenue 60
(Updated Nov. 9) The Planning Commission unanimous approved the project on May 8, which will no move to the City Council for final approval.
(Posted Nov. 4) A long-delayed residential and commercial project for the corner of Monroe and Avenue 60 is moving forward. Plans to develop the 110-acre property across Monroe from Andalusia will be presented to the La Quinta Planning Commission on November 8.
The Schumacher project includes:
- 392 single-family homes on 61 acres
- Neighborhood commercial use on 5-plus acres
- Open space on 17 acres
- Potential fire station on 1.8 acres
- An Imperial Irrigation substation on 2-plus acres
- A 6-foot wall along the entire frontage on Monroe Street.
The initial project was approved by the city in 2004, but development never occurred. The city’s approval expired due to inactivity on the site. The developer is Barton Land La Quinta LLC, which has an office in San Carlos in the Bay Area.
Plans appear to be consistent with existing zoning and land-use plans. An impact analysis concludes that the project “has not incurred any substantial change in circumstances” since the prior environmental review. Full documents can be found at the city’s link.
The residential portion of the project is anticipated to generate a total of 3,697 average daily trips. The adjacent commercial property is anticipated to generate approximately 425 average daily trips. City staff is recommending that traffic signals be installed at the following intersections:
- Monroe Street/Avenue 60.
- Monroe Street/Avenue 58.
- Monroe Street/Airport Boulevard.
The project is the topic of a public hearing before the Planning Commission on November 8 shortly after 5 p.m. If approved by the commissioners, the project will be forwarded to the City Council for consideration and a public hearing.
First restaurants announced for Canopy at Citrus
Three restaurants have been announced as the first tenants of the mixed-use development next to Ralphs on Jefferson. Cork & Fork, Lunas Pizza Bar & Grill and Keedy’s Fountain & Grill have been identified by the developer. Ralphs Fuel Station was named earlier. The project, known as Canopy at Citrus, will add more than 20,000 square feet for shopping and restaurants to the area. Residential units are eventually planned on four acres to the east.
New roundabout on Jefferson
Work is set to begin on a new roundabout on Jefferson Street at the intersection with the entrances to the Hideaway Club Drive and SilverRock Way. Construction is expected to continue until December.
In addition to the new two-lane roundabout, the project also includes the demolition and re-grading of the intersection, installation of street lights, landscaping, irrigation, sidewalks, as well as resurfacing of Jefferson between Avenues 54 and 52.
Motorists should expect significant delays during the construction period.
Travertine project meeting May 18
Developers have invited Trilogy residents to view proposals for Travertine, a residential and commercial development proposed on 910 acres on the other side of the berm from Trilogy, between the Martinez rock slide and Coral Mountain. The informational meeting will be held of May 18 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at La Quinta Wellness Center at 78450 Avenida La Fonda, near City Hall.
Travertine is the second major development planned near Trilogy; the other being Coral Mountain, a private surfing resort community on 400 acres of vacant land off of Madison Street, across from Andalusia.
An Environmental Impact Review is under way, which will assess impact on traffic, noise, hydrology and other subjects. As the proposal moves through the system, there will be public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council, where the final decision will be made.
Travertine has been on the drawing board for some time. The filing of the specific plan with the city is a strong indication that developers are anxious to proceed. The plan reveals that the developer, TRG Land, on behalf of the Hofmann Company. TRG Land is based in Newport Beach and has multiple projects in Southern California.
Here’s what an initial reading of the plan shows:
- The 876-acre site would eventually house 1,200 dwellings, including estate and luxury homes.
- 100 villa resort and wellness spa
- Public golf training and practice facilities
- Public wedding garden and banquet facility
- Private parks and public trails
- Conserved open space
- Access to the development is proposed by extending Jefferson Street through the back side of Coral Mountain and Avenue 62. An alternate plan shows access from Madison, crossing Avenue 60, entering from behind Trilogy. According to a city official, access to Travertine would be over the berm. The developer is working to secure permission for this from the Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the berm/dike.
The preliminary plan can be found here.
The La Quinta City Council has approved the latest design for theproposed Pavilion Palms shopping center at the vacant corner of Jefferson and Avenue 50. The votes on the environmental declaration and specific site plan were unanimous. The proposed development has been through numerous public hearings and deliberations over the last four years.
Stone Creek Ranch
New gated community planned for property on 58th near Lake Cahuilla. https://www.tollbrothers.com/luxury-homes-for-sale/California/Stone-Creek-Ranch
Thermal Beach Club
Hoffman Company is listing for sale the 232 acres west of Coral Mountain and south of Lake Cahuilla and The Quarry. The asking price was not disclosed. The property includes 80 acres with potential for residential, hospitality and resort development. Access to the property appears to be from Avenue 58.
The listing states: “Coral Canyon will be an opportunity for a developer to provide outstanding luxury resort product, focusing on health and wellness, to compliment one of the most scenic and well-located developable properties in the Coachella Valley. Previously was approved for 219 residential luxury homes.”
Project in limbo
An executive from Starpoint has told a Trilogy resident in an email that the company no longer is pursing the project. Cheri Flores, Planning Manager for the City of La Quinta, said the city has not received a formal application from the company “…and we haven’t heard from them either. Not sure if they are moving forward with their proposal or not.”