UPDATE: October 25, 2018
At their October 16, 2018 meeting, the City Council approved a two-year extension for two Site Development Permits at SilverRock Resort. These permits (previously approved by the Planning Commission and Council) provide SilverRock Development Company (SDC) the legal right to build the Montage, Pendry, permanent golf clubhouse, conference center and associated luxury/lifestyle residential units (to be part of the hotel room pools). They each had two-year terms and were scheduled to expire in October 2018 and January 2019.
These land use permits are not the same as the agreement the City has with SDC to build the hotels (Purchase, Sale and Development Agreement or PSDA). While the lender does require current (not expired) land use permits to fund SDC’s development, these land use permits do not affect the PSDA nor extend the time period SDC has to close their financing.
Social media has been abuzz regarding whether contractors hired by Robert Green and SilverRock Development Company (SDC) are suing SDC and the City for work performed at the SilverRock Golf Course. This is not the case. The following is a chronology of events.
- May 2014 - August 2014: The Water District funds and moves a portion of the Coachella Canal that runs through the SilverRock Golf Course.
- September – October 2014: The City funds and improves holes 10, 12 and 15 to accommodate the Canal relocation and improve play.
- May – November 2017: SDC funds and creates a new 18thhole (to replace the existing 18thhole, the site of the Montage Resort), creates a new 11thhole, and reconfigures holes 12, 14 and 17 to improve upon the work the City did in 2014.
SDC hired Urban Habitat (UH) for this work; their previous contractor inflated their price due to the project labor agreement SDC has with the unions. A $2,000,000 budget was established and SDC deposited $2,000,000 into an escrow account that required City approval to release funds (to insure the work was properly completed on City property).
Cost overruns occurred and UH filed a Stop Notice (to freeze escrow fund releases). UH also filed a complaint in Superior Court but did not serve either SDC nor the City. SDC and UH agreed to a Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release in July 2018, which released the remaining escrow funds. A second payment from SDC is due when the commercial development loan for the SilverRock Development closes or by March 31, 2019. No other contractor has filed Stop Notices or liens for this work.
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Pictured is hole #18 in finish grade.
SilverRock Development Company:
Casa Verde Golf continues to operate on-site as a subcontractor under SDC to coordinate the entire project on behalf of SDC.
Irrigation has been installed around hole #11 green and hole #12 tees. Crews remain focused on the completion of the hole #18 green and surrounding bunkers.
Pictured is the final irrigation install at the hole #11 tees.
Pictured is the shape of the new hole #11 green.
Installation of the new cart paths continues throughout the back nine holes.
Grassing is planned to begin on the week of the 17th.
The golf course architect will be off site all next week. He has coordinated with the shaper, UH, and CVG on his expectations while he is away.
Why is the City selling off the golf course and other undeveloped parcels of land?
Let’s start with the easy question – why sell the undeveloped parcels? The City is doing this so that Montage and Pendry hotels may be built along with a conference facility and resort oriented retail and residential development.This development will also yield a 28.4 acre City park, and hiking/biking trails.
Now for the harder question – why sell the golf course?The City used tax exempt bond funds (along with other monies) to purchase the land and build the golf course and related improvements.The IRS oversees the use of tax exempt bond funds and limits the amount of non-tax revenue a city may receive from city investments made with tax exempt bond funds.In La Quinta’s case, the City may only receive $9.7 million in non-tax revenue.By transferring the golf course to the developer, he can make $3.5 million in golf course improvements, build a $7.0 million clubhouse, pay $6.2 million (to the City) in development impact fees, provide a $1.0 million City park and make other improvements that will benefit the City.
When will this transfer of the golf course occur?
After the Montage and Pendry Hotels are under construction and after the permanent clubhouse (that the developer is building) opens. This is scheduled for the summer of 2019.
How will this affect the La Quinta Residents and their golf privileges?
The City is recording covenants that run for perpituity that are senior to all financing and liens.The covenants require that 33% of all golf rounds (15,000 rounds) be reserved for resident play, preserves resident tee rates and establishes a mechanism to increase resident tee rates (but in no case shall resident rates be greater than 50% of market rates during the season), and allows residents to book tee times no less than one week in advance.These covenants can only be modified if a majority of the La Quinta City Council approves modifications.
When does the guarantee allocation (1/3 of tee times) of tee times start?
Prior to transferring the golf course the manager must follow one of two mechanisms in providing/ booking resident tee times as follows: (A) Current practice which yields roughly 1/3rd of all play or 15,000 rounds annually. (B) set aside 1/3rd of available tee times from opening until1:00 pmdaily that can be booked by residents at a minimum of seven days in advance. Note following transfer of Golf Course new operator/manager must utilize method (B) described above.Method (A) above is required as an option until such time as additional golf demand is generated by the completion of the hotels.
Will the Resident Rate increase in price?
Yes, the City Council has discussed increasing resident rates (they have not been increased since the golf course opened in March, 2005) by November 2017. The City Council will be discussing the rate increase this summer.
Will the quality of the golf course or golf experience be reduced?
No.The City is recording addition covenants (that run for perpetuity) that requires the golf course to be maintained in like or better manner.Also, the City’s contract with Palmer Design establishes maintenance standards in order to retain the Arnold Palmer Signature Course title. These requirements will also be transferred to the developer.