Happy New Year: Looking to 2022 in Coachella Valley


The Coachella Valley will see a lot of changes and improvements in the new year 2022. We spoke to local leaders about what they expect to see and what they plan for the year ahead.

the Palm Springs International Film Festival was to kick off the new year by showing 129 films from 70 nations. Its awards gala was canceled on January 6, leaving some of Hollywood’s biggest names with no chance to attend, including the winners, Nicole Kidman, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Jennifer Hudson and Kristen Stewart.

In Indian, Goldenvoice is about to return with its huge Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals in April. This, after two years of pandemic delay. Splash House and other smaller festivals have taken place despite the promoter’s larger event cancellations.

2022 will be a great year for the Coachella Valley Arena. This is a new, state-of-the-art, privately funded sports and entertainment arena taking shape just off the freeway in Palm Desert.

“So this is truly the jewel in the crown that will bring the whole valley together for many different celebrations.”

Shannon Miller, Oakview Gropu Vice President of Brand

“So this is truly the jewel in the crown that will bring the entire valley together for many different celebrations,” said Shannon Miller, vice president of branding and community relations for the Oakview Group and president-elect of the House of Commons. Palm Springs area. Miller added, “We’ve never had anything like this before. And our geographic proximity to LA and Las Vegas, I mean we’re going to be hosting some great artists. “

The arena will have 10,000 seats and is slated to be the home rink for the Seattle Kraken’s AHL franchise, the Coachella Valley Firebirds. Its opening is scheduled for November.

In the city of the cathedral a new Cathedral Canyon bridge will be completed and fully open to traffic in 2022. The parks will see improvements and perhaps most importantly – events will continue to return including screenings of the Film Festival, the Taste of Jalisco festival, the Tejano music festival and LGBT days.

City Manager Charles McClendon said, “The events are important because they give people outside our city the opportunity to come and see what Cathedral City is all about. McClendon added, “It also provides a great opportunity for the people who live here to spend time together and enjoy our community. “

Short-term vacation rentals will cease by year-end in Cathedral City, with the exception of certain HOAs and roommates. Short-term rental activities will also no longer be permitted in the town of Rancho Mirage as of June 30.

The town of Rancho Mirage will start 2022 with the 8e Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival in its library and observatory. The observatory also hopes to reopen for stargazing events early in the New Year. The City Amphitheater will feature a dynamic program from the City’s Cultural Commission and partner Desert Theatricals.

The town of La Quinta is expected to see progress on Talus, the next chapter in the long-delayed SilverRock station development. Montage and Pendry-branded hotels are expected as well as single-family homes, condominiums and golf bungalows. Beginning of the vertical construction of the Pendry hotel in spring 2022.

“We’re seven years old and we’re getting to this point where we see vertical constructions. Patience pays off. “

City manager of La Quinta, jon mmcmillen

La Quinta City manager Jon McMillen said, “We’re seven years old and we’re getting to this point where we see vertical constructions. So patience pays off.

Aerial view of the new Talus development in La Quinta

Public hearings for a 600-acre surf park project begin early next year. The Coral Mountain Resort project is facing opposition from residents of several neighboring communities who want it to be stopped. The city also plans to open its new X-Park for skaters this spring and is hosting the American Express the week of January 19. “We have better parking. We have a better strategy for getting people moving. We have improved cell phone coverage, ”added McMillen.

A kind of rebirth will continue at Coachella while hundreds of new homes and apartments are expected to appear in 2022, along with programs from the City and County of Riverside to make them affordable.

Coachella apartments under construction

“Our residents should therefore be on the lookout for homeownership programs for the first time,” said Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez. “They should be on the lookout for business assistance programs as well as home improvement programs where the city wants to make sure people can put new roofs, paint and do whatever they can to get involved. in the advancements that are happening in the city of Coachella, ”added Hernandez.

Also expect new businesses and commercial developments, as well as capital improvements, including the new Grapefruit Boulevard urban greening project. And the city plans to host all of its pre-pandemic festivals and events again in 2022. They include Coachella Mariachi Festival, July 4th Celebration, El Grito, Coachella City’s Tacos Tequila and Chavelas Festival, Movies in the Park, Veterans’ Pancake Breakfast, 5K Los Muertos Run and Block Party, Synergy Music & Art Festival, Holiday Tree Lighting and the Town’s Annual Holiday Parade.

Coachella Valley Association of Governments efforts to synchronize traffic lights continue in 2022. CV synchronization construction is intended to improve traffic flow along Highway 111, Ramon Road and Washington Street. CVAG is also expected to make significant progress in broadband through the Coachella Valley while spending millions energy efficiency programs.

“We did some pretty amazing things in 2021 and I think we’re going to do some great things in 2022.”

Executive Director of the Coachella Valley Governments Association, Tom Kirk

“We did some pretty amazing things in 2021 and I think we’re going to do some great things in 2022,” said Tom Kirk, executive director of CVAG.

Kirk says CVAG homeless initiative– CV 200 was home to 70 of the 200 homeless people encountered in 2021. “Something like homelessness,” Kirk said. “You’ve seen this same person around the corner every day for the past 3 or 4 years. And you just think, “Is it possible to help this person? “And we are,” Kirk said. He added that they identified the people by name and were contacting them. They then move them to permanent accommodation where their immediate needs can be met for up to 90 days until they are no longer able to get back on their feet and find employment.

Economic development continues in Palm springs with the opening of the new 164-room Thompson Hotel by Hyatt on the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Alejo in December. A new necessary good Homeless Navigation Center will be well advanced in 2022. And new policies should help develop a Repairs Program related to the forced evictions of people living in section 14 during the 1960s.

the City of Indian Wells will complete its general plan and master plan update for the Indian Wells Golf Resort. The two documents will shape the entire city and the municipal golf course for years to come. 118 new homes are expected to be built and upgrades to the Whitewater Canal will allow for future resort and retail opportunities along Highway 111 and Miles Avenue. Indian Wells is also excited about the return of the BNP Paribas Open in March, and other festivals and events.

IndianHistoric downtown is also set for its next act of monthly entertainment and event planning starting in January. There will also be the addition of several large art installations and a number of premier restaurant openings in 2022. Coachella Valley’s largest city also plans to end the year with a historic number of single-family home permits, as well as several large, large-scale developments underway. Some include the canopy at Citrus and a revitalization of the Indio Market on Highway 111. Its renovation will begin no later than May 2022, and completion is slated for April 2023.

In Desert hot springs, the city is poised to add a sidewalk and other improvements to a stretch of Hacienda and Palm Drive while rehabilitating and revitalizing along Pierson. New businesses are also under construction and a new park is in preparation.

And the Palm Desert City plans to build on its 2021 CV Link and San Pablo revitalization projects with continued efforts to foster a more pedestrian and bike-friendly community. The city also plans to devote resources to North Palm Desert to formulate a plan to best improve the lifestyle and economic needs of residents and businesses around the university and beyond.


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