82 2016;2017 GREATER PALM SPRINGS VISION
Right: La Quinta
welcomed the opening
of Aldi in early 2016.
The German grocery
store chain is known
for its no-frills, bargain
Opposite: X marks one
of the most popular
spots in La Quinta —
towering crossed palm
trees at In-N-Out.
department. But after a 2-year process to
relocate sta; into one centralized area, city
customers get a more streamlined and user-friendly system. An investment in permitting
software upgrades the former complicated
spreadsheet system into a more unified cloud-based operation that enables electronic plan
checks. It has improved turnaround times
substantially in the last 18 months — more than
90 percent of The Hub’s customer reviews
have been positive. So whether you are looking
to register your short-term vacation rental,
apply for a business license, purchase a permit
for your garage sale, or take a major development from start to finish — you will find friendly faces at The Hub to help you step by step.
The faster projects are able to move through
the city’s approval system, the sooner they
will be available for the public to enjoy. Several new businesses are eagerly anticipated.
Beauty and skin care superstore ULTA and
discount retailer T.J. Maxx are close to securing plans to share space in the old Circuit City
building. Blaze Pizza is interested in expanding its presence in the Coachella Valley with
another location in La Quinta.
Other new places to shop, dine, and be
entertained have opened successfully in the
last year, including the La Quinta Brewing Co.
Taproom; Mélange restaurant at The Chateau
at Lake La Quinta; Casa Mendoza in the La
Quinta Village; Aldi grocery store; In-N-Out
Burger, and, of course, the Cinemark Century
Theatres, with their reclining seats and lobby
bar serving beer, wine, and frozen cocktails.
Progress continues at SilverRock Resort as
well. In May, grading will begin for the new
five-star hotel; with entitlements should be
done by the end of the year followed by 18 to
24 months of construction. A luxury-brand-ed residential development is also planned,
along with a conference center, hotel, a new
permanent clubhouse, a promenade, and a
Other city facilities are growing their programs and services. The Wellness Center has
more than 3,000 memberships, far surpassing
its initial goal of 1,000. The center provides people of all ages with opportunities for all kinds of
physical activity, with state-of-the-art workout
areas, fitness classes, and space for youth and
teen programs such as karate and dance. The
facility’s programs inspire creative, intellectual,
nutritional, and social wellness.
The La Quinta Public Library is one of the
busiest in the Riverside County library system.
It o;ers everything from storytime hours and
computer classes to movies and book clubs.
The La Quinta Museum hosts a variety of
exhibits and events to pique the interests of
history bu;s and cultural enthusiasts alike.
Now through Dec. 31, the museum is featuring
a traveling exhibit titled “By Design 2016.” It’s
all about concepts and influences in fashion,
interior, industrial and architectural design.
The La Quinta Historical Society partners
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