Ocean Mist Farms recently expanded its
produce cooler by 40 percent and made other
improvements to accommodate increasing
quantities of 30 varieties of winter vegetables
that are cultivated in the fields of the eastern
Coachella Valley as well as the Imperial Valley
and southern Arizona.
Concurrently, Anthony Vineyards, which
owns 50 percent of Sun Date, has built a new
37,000-square-foot freezer, enabling it to expand
its produce business in the Coachella Valley.
Woodspur Farms, a leading global date
company based in Coachella with more than
50 farms and 500 seasonal employees, is also
expanding operations with a large processing
and packing facility upgrade and a significant
new planting initiative involving many of its
Woodspur grows more than two dozen
organic and conventional varieties, including Medjool, Deglet Noor, and Golden Zahidi.
The company sells fresh dates, date paste,
date syrup, diced dates, and date coconut rolls
under its Oasis Date Gardens and Winter-haven Ranch brands.
Several new businesses are also coming to
Coachella, diversifying the city’s agribusiness
economy with new facilities that will be used to
produce cannabis for medical use. “These businesses are highly regulated and will produce
additional tax revenue and employment for
local residents,” Hernandez says.
Irvine-based Cultivation Technologies, Inc.
is building an 111,500-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility
on six acres of land that will include two buildings, research labs, four indoor 22,000-square-
foot cultivation fields and 9,000 square feet
designated for manufacturing.
Construction is expected to be completed
by November, when California voters will vote
on a ballot measure to approve marijuana for
Other sectors of Coachella’s economy also
are growing. In March, Desert Oasis Healthcare opened a 3,200-square-foot primary care
facility in Coachella staffed with a family physician as well as a nurse practitioner specializing
Desert Oasis Healthcare is a Palm Springs-based medical group that contracts with
more than 100 primary care doctors who
serve patients throughout the Coachella and
Other new businesses coming to Coachella
include an America’s Tire store, opening soon
at Avenue 50 and Harrison Street, and a new
restaurant in the remodeled ARCO ampm at
Avenue 48 and Dillon Avenue.
Spotlight 29 Casino is also planning to start
construction later this year on a 120-room
casino-hotel that is expected to open during
the second half of 2017, according to Ezekiel
Bonillas, director of economic development for
the 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians.
“We’ve had a casino here for over 20 years,
and a casino-hotel would help the tribe expand
its amenities and attract more visitors to the
HEALTHCARE, SOCIAL ASSIS TANCE
ARTS, ENTER TAINMENT, RECREATION
BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATIVE
SERVICES (EXCLUDING PUBLIC
REAL ESTATE, RENTAL, LEASING
Above: A fountain graces the
entrance to Coachella City Hall.
Right: “Coachella Walls” is an ongoing
mural project designed to transform
the downtown area into an arts
destination. The project has gained
national attention and features artists
who have painted murals throughout
the United States, Europe, and Latin