Riverside County Supervisors Unanimously Approve Thermal Beach Club with Unprecedented Community Benefits
RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors this week voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve the Thermal Beach Club, a privately-funded development.
The development is expected to bring many benefits to the community of Thermal and the eastern Coachella Valley region, including an unprecedented contribution towards clean water and park development, investment into extending infrastructure, efforts to develop affordable housing, and job creation, economic development and tax revenue that are critically needed for economic recovery and meeting community needs in the eastern Coachella Valley.
The developer estimated approximately 1,000 to 2,000 construction jobs and 200-400 permanent jobs will be created as a result of this project. The developer pledged to hire and buy local as feasible.
According to the Thermal Beach Club website, you can own a piece of paradise – an exquisite villa estate set amidst a 20-acre clear blue lagoon and surrounded by a state-of-the-art luxury playground in the heart of the Coachella Valley. The Thermal Beach Club’s lifestyle is designed for thrills, relaxation and making memories for generations to come.
Over the course of the past year, Supervisor V. Manuel Perez requested that county staff and the project applicant meet with community members and address questions. Thermal Beach Club representatives held more than 40 meetings and garnered support from the community.
The applicant put forth a community benefit payment of $2,300 per housing unit, totaling $749,800 for a community benefit fund. The community benefit the developer paid can go towards meeting particular community needs, such as helping more eastern Coachella Valley residents have access to clean drinking water or the building of a new park.
“I want to thank the community advocates and all involved in this project for getting us all to this point,” Supervisor Perez said in a prepared statement. “This is unprecedented. This has never been done before in the county of Riverside. With our concerns for affordable housing needs, clean water, lack of infrastructure and basic amenities, we have to establish partnerships and relationships to advance improvements. This project is innovative and a quite exciting plan for developing a portion of the Kohl Ranch, while bringing significant community benefits for the Thermal community and the eastern Coachella Valley.”
The Thermal Beach Club will be built in the Thermal community, on vacant land south of Avenue 64 and west of Polk Street. The visionary project includes a 22-acre lagoon with wave‑making technology for surfing and water recreation, and 34,400 square feet of clubhouse buildings, that include a restaurant and bar. There are 326 dwelling units planned for the development’s full build-out.
During the meeting, the developer representative shared that, as part of this project, the builder will invest approximately $4 million to extend infrastructure in the surrounding area, including paved roads along Polk Street, and extensions of water, electrical and gas lines.
The Thermal Beach Club developers also committed in writing to contribute to the development of affordable housing by seeking land within Kohl Ranch for future affordable housing. If they are unable to identify a site to build affordable housing, the developer has offered to contribute funding towards affordable housing development.
- Supervisor V. Manuel Perez: Supervisor V. Manuel Perez
- Thermal Beach Club: Thermal Beach Club