The CANOPY at citrus will be a mixed-use shopping and dining plaza, interconnected to the Citrus Plaza at Jefferson and Avenue 50.
PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY CITY OF INDIO
Mayor Pro Tem:
Lupe Ramos Amith
As the Coachella Valley’s largest and oldest enclave, Indio is a city in transition. With innovative new retail and residential opportunities in abundance, Indio increasingly enjoys a reputation informed by much more than date farms and music festivals.
From new housing options and inspired dining venues to office complexes and entertainment hot spots, Indio’s been busier than ever in recent months. A quick drive through the city reveals a number of highlights, including crowd-pleasing hubs like Dave’s Hot Chicken and Dutch Bros. Coffee, plus future retail establishments like Fiesta Kia, Ono Hawaiian BBQ, and America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses.
CELEBRATING INDIO’S NEW ATTITUDE
Indio’s renovation is generating excitement among residents and tourists, and for good reason. As a community that has long been a center for cultural exchange in the Valley, Indio looks forward to contributing a vibrant new energy to the Coachella Valley as it carves out its own unique personality. Up-and-coming businesses are generating buzz, including Everbloom coffee, where you can enjoy delicious cold brew and specialty drinks infused with house-made flavored syrups.
“It’s exciting to figure out how to create an environment that appeals to a broad range of people, cultures and personalities — I think our success relies on our ability to do just that,” says Indio Mayor Elaine Holmes. She notes that additional projects currently in the inception phase include the proposal of a stunning outdoor entertainment complex at Jackalope Ranch.
Big plans are underway at the Indio Marketplace, formerly known as the Indio Fashion Mall.
With a $40 million renovation project already underway, (led by Los Angeles-based retail developer Haagen Company) the 215,000-square-foot enclosed mall is poised to transform into a vibrant retail, entertainment and dining destination sure to enamor both locals and tourists alike. When completed, the renovation will house more than 40 retail establishments to meet the needs of this growing community.
“Our goal is to create a destination for the families and adults in Indio and the Coachella Valley where they can meet and enjoy some leisure time in a relaxed and welcoming environment,” said Christopher Fahey, Haagen Company President and COO. “We will be adding seating areas, color and more natural light to the interior of the mall, as well as a new bright and vibrant exterior look.”
“We envision the mall becoming the center of the community with monthly activities like Malloween, Santa’s Village, and the Easter Bunny Experience, as well as weekend musical entertainment,” adds Fahey. “There will be nothing like the Indio Marketplace in the Coachella Valley.”
Indio Marketplace and its retailers will remain open for business during construction. The Grand Re-opening is expected to take place in late 2022.
CANOPY AT CITRUS:
A REFRESHING ADDITION TO INDIO’S GATEWAY
Anticipation is high and construction is well underway at the CANOPY at citrus, a mixed-use shopping and dining plaza, interconnected to the existing Citrus Plaza at Jefferson and Avenue 50 in the City of Indio. Citrus Plaza has long enjoyed full occupancy, and owner Bob Lichter made the decision to embark on the addition of CANOPY at citrus as a response to demand for more restaurants with plentiful outdoor dining, ample parking, and an inviting atmosphere.
“Citrus Plaza has always been a haven of shopping and dining in the area, and we are thrilled to expand and embrace the future with CANOPY,” Bob Lichter shared. “Working closely with the city and our neighbors over the last three years, we created a village truly geared towards satisfying our customers’ desire for outdoor experiences and alfresco dining, and we look forward to bringing a new dynamic mix of tenants to the communities of Indio and La Quinta.”
CANOPY at citrus will feature expansive outdoor patios, water features, mature tree canopies, and paths throughout to link it to the adjacent shopping center. 30,000 square feet of dining and retail space has just commenced leasing and occupancy should be ready in early 2022. A plethora of Medjool date palms lining the Promenade and throughout the center will come together as an illuminated tree canopy in the evening, and pedestrian-friendly pathways will draw travelers and locals alike to this convenient dynamic location.
In addition to this lifestyle village, Indio’s Planning Commission has also approved the design for CANOPY II. This last phase may include eight 2-story buildings with 62 apartment units. A modern residential concept for desert living, the project would incorporate luxury amenities on site such as fully enclosed garages, pool area, sports court, outdoor event area, and recreation center.
FROM DREAM TO REALITY
What began as a small railroad town is now a thriving Coachella Valley hub approaching a population of 100,000. With the City’s 2040 20-year general plan and its new Downtown Specific Plan, Indio officials will continue to guide the City towards a rich cultural future replete with arts, entertainment, education, commerce, and quality of life.
“It feels like we have a head start with the Marketplace renovations and then down at the South end with CANOPY. But there are still sections of our city that can welcome and embrace quality eateries, various types of retail, and music venues, where people can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine, listen to some jazz, attend a poetry reading, or gather with friends in a beer garden,” says Mayor Holmes. “To the extent we can achieve this for all of our residents is the measure of our success — that’s my dream for Indio.”
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Largest and fastest growing city in the Coachella Valley
Riverside County’s only law school (The California Desert Trial Academy College of Law)
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach County Music Festival
In the top 500 fastest growing economies in the U.S. by WalletHub.com
Source: Indio Development Activity Report 2021
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Sources: The Retail Coach; Esri/Coachella Valley Economic Partnership