Oasis complex breaks ground

Oasis complex breaks groundBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Developer G&L China Lake LLC continues to take steps forward with its 17-acre commercial development on South China Lake Boulevard, between Bowman Road and Rader Avenue, dubbed “Oasis at China Lake.” The Ridgecrest City Council approved a developmental agreement last year, and the developers have submitted plans for some of the Phase I installments.

The highlight of Phase I is an entertainment complex, comprising a bowling alley, arcade, restaurant, two bars and a movie theater with in-seating food and drink service. Other developments include a Starbucks, Chipotle and other retail shops, professional offices and restaurants.

The project’s second phase could include a grocery store, pharmacy and/or additional retail shops, professional offices and restaurants.

The Indian Wells Valley Water District recently approved connections for the preliminary site plan, which includes five connection points and 15 different service points. The developer intends to build out water infrastructure to support both phases of the project.

Originally there was a question about whether the district could approve connections for both phases if the second phase wasn’t a sure thing. Staff said there was no policy in place to do so.

But Indian Wells Valley Water District directors supported moving the project forward. Director Ron Kiciniski said it would “be a detriment to this project and a detriment to the city” to hold up the development’s progress.

“It will be a number of individual businesses with their own meters,” said Director David Saint-Amand. “I don’t see a problem with approving this as it is. We don’t ask somebody who is building a house how many people are going to be living in it.”

Watch future editions for updates on economic development.

Pictured: The site of the incoming “Shoppes at China Lake” project, across the street from Alta One. — Photo by Brian Cosner

Story First Published: 2020-05-22