Dear Indio Neighbors:
Our City of Indio team continues to move forward on our aggressive capital improvement plans. I know it creates mobility challenges for everyone, but the Highway 111 road reconstruction project is moving forward as quickly as possible. Most of this work will be done before Thanksgiving. We are also proceeding quickly on the Madison widening project from Avenue 50 to Avenue 52. The most encouraging news this last month is the award of approximately $6 million in local street rehab and overlay. The locations of these projects can be seen on the City website at Citywide Roadway Rehab Project. This work is long overdue, and is largely made possible from the Measure X sales tax initiative that voters approved in 2016.
Private development continues to occur as well. The former Toys "R" Us space at the Indio Towne Center is being re-leased by a new Burlington retail store and Marshall's is being built next door. The back side of the former Super Target store on Jackson Street at the Showcase at Indio will house the corporate headquarters of a new company along with light manufacturing. The front part of the building is being redone for tenancies for future retail stores.
Across the street from this site, the new Fairfield Inn & Suites is due to open in about a month. And ground-breaking is scheduled for a new Hampton Inn later this week, located near the WalMart off Spectrum Street.
In the last couple of weeks, the City was delighted to be recognized by WalletHub as one of the 30 fastest growing cities in America, and 8th fastest in California and 3rd fastest in Southern California behind only Irvine and Santa Clarita. Obviously we don’t just want to grow, we want to grow wisely. The City Council will be spending a large amount of time the next 3 months focusing on adoption of the new General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan precisely because “growing smart” is the key. We seek good growth, attracting wealth-producing businesses, new jobs, and community amenities.
Mayor Michael Wilson will be addressing these and other sentiments in his State of the City presentation at Fantasy Springs at a luncheon on October 26. The public is welcome to make reservations for this event at firstname.lastname@example.org. The presentation will be videotaped and made available on the City website following the event.