Desert Hot Springs Mayor Scott Matas said Thursday afternoon that plans to build the the first phase of the Tyson Ranch resort could be submitted in the next few weeks.
News about the project developed by former professional boxer Mike Tyson was announced at the annual State of the City and Business Expo, attended by more than 100 people.
Matas said the project would be located on both sides of Interstate 10 west of Palm Drive. The first phase will be a glamping development that could include 150 luxury bungalows, a large pool and luxury suites.
“This is becoming a reality for Desert Hot Springs,” he said, describing it as a “signature project for us.”
Matas also shared a statement from Tyson Ranch that outlined the company’s plans for the area.
“Tyson Ranch is beginning their site improvements in the very near future,” the statement said. “They’ve submitted their grading plan and improvement plan to (the) Community Development Department for their site and the construction of Varner Road from Palm Drive. They’re in the final stage of announcing an October public sale and consumption event on their site followed by a March date for a two-day festival.”
Thursday’s announcement came nearly three months after the Kind Music Festival was held on the future Tyson Ranch resort site. The cannabis-friendly festival included performances from Miguel, Ferg and Starcrawler and an appearance by Tyson.
Besides cannabis, Matas talked about public safety, development and other changes coming to the city.
A Grocery Outlet Bargain Market has been approved near Palm Drive and Park Lane. The market will be about 20,000 square-feet and employ roughly 15 to 20 people, according to the city.
Efforts also are underway to build a veterans wall of honor at Veteran’s Memorial Park near Palm Drive and Mission Lakes Boulevard.
A new stoplight at Palm Drive and Camino Aventura becomes active on Friday, Matas said.
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