The City of Indio has retained a team led by Bay Area Economics and Sargent Town Planning to prepare a specific plan for the historic Highway 111 Corridor that runs through the center of Indio. The plan is funded by an SB 2 Grant, intended to facilitate the development of new housing within the
250-acre corridor, much of which is still vacant land. The team helped City staff lead an initial study session with the City Council, reviewing with them the vision for the Corridor as defined in the recently adopted General Plan Update, and sharing what the team has learned and heard so far through existing conditions analysis and conversations with major Corridor property owners and other stakeholders along with some initial urban design concepts. The Council was very enthusiastic about the possibilities presented and shared their hopes for the evolution of the old highway toward a significant City Center boulevard, along which new mixed-use centers, visitor attractions, and diverse new neighborhoods would be well integrated with historic visitor attractions, a redeveloping shopping mall, the Riverside County Fairgrounds and justic center, the historic downtown, and adjoining existing neighborhoods. STP previously collaborated with Raimi Associates and the City in preparing the new General Plan and the 111 Corridor vision, adopted in 2019, and subsequently worked with the City to prepare a new Downtown Specific Plan, adopted in 2020.