Cloverdale's desire to lure free-spending tourists has taken a step forward with preliminary approval of a hotel, golf course and residential project.
Alexander Valley Resort, proposed in 2002 at the city's southern edge, received City Council approval last week for pre-zoning, annexation and environmental studies. "It will help Cloverdale become a destination point," said Mayor Joe Palla.
The 254-acre proposal on the former Louisiana-Pacific lumber mill site has been revised since its unveiling in 2002. It now includes a four-star hotel of 100 to 150 rooms, a full-service spa, an 18-hole, semi-public golf course and driving range, 105 single-family houses, 25 estate residential dwellings, 40 fractional ownership "casitas" and a restaurant and wine tasting complex on a 2-acre commercial site.
Still to be negotiated are costs such as roadways and utilities. And the timing of construction remains elusive.
Tyris Corporation, the Concord-based developer, is seeking financing and partners to build the hotel-resort and homes. Tyris President Robert Sexton said Friday it probably will take two years or so before construction can start. "I don't want to be overly optimistic, but the timing may be great, coming on line when the economy is recovering and things are getting back to a little more normal," he said.
The City Council approval requires that hotel/spa and at least nine holes of the golf course be built prior to construction of the residences.
The site is south of Santana Drive, between Asti Road and the Russian River, and north of the Cloverdale airport.
The project had been delayed until completion of toxic cleanup of the mill property.
Availability of water has been another issue. By using reclaimed water from the city wastewater plant to irrigate the golf course and expanding the number of wells, there will be enough water for community expansion for 20 years, according to a consultants' report.