ABOUT US

Founded in 2013, Meriwether Companies is a private real estate investment and development firm focused on resort master plan, hospitality, and commercial development.

Over the previous 4 years, Meriwether has taken a methodical approach to both selecting a location and designing Coral Mountain resort. While the initial direction for approvals was to update previous Environmental documents, the City of La Quinta recently determined a full Environmental Impact Report was necessary. This decision, along with the impacts of the pandemic, has caused a delay since our initial schedule shared during community meetings in the Spring of 2020. Meriwether continues to embrace its commitment to transparency while being a great neighbor with long-term ownership plans and is excited for the public process that will occur throughout 2021. To join us at an upcoming community meeting, please visit here.

OVERVIEW

Up to 600 homes, starting at $2.5 million

Luxury wellness and spa amenities

Kelly Slater Wave Co. surf basin

One and two story boutique hotel with up to 150 rooms

Restaurant and retail at Madison Street/ Avenue 58

A robust green energy program is planned

Landscaping and public improvements along Avenues 58 and 60 and Madison Street will be completed within the early phases of the project

Meriwether Companies’ experience includes development of private club offerings, real estate communities, signature food and beverage establishments and groundbreaking sports and wellness resorts with a focus in the western United States. Along with Coral Mountain, the company is actively planning the Aspen Club in Aspen, Colorado and has recently completed Transfer Telluride in Telluride, Colorado and The Shores in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Meriwether’s hospitality assets include Griffin Club (Private Club: Los Angeles), The Hideaway and The Getaway (Boutique Hotels: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California), Melvyn’s & Ingleside Inn (Boutique Hotel / Restaurant: Palm Springs, California), and Parlor (Food Halls: Kansas City, Oklahoma City). Previous work completed by Meriwether Companies include projects in Park City, Utah; Big Sky, Montana; and Eagle, Colorado. The managing partners of Meriwether include Graham Culp, Noah Hahn, Garrett Simon and Mike Burkart. For more information on Meriwether and its principals, please visit www.meriwetherco.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Unlike a golf course, the wave basin holds water and is primarily affected by evaporation. The wave basin will use 75% less water than a golf course in the Coachella Valley. Studies at a similar Kelly Slater Wave Basin facility in Lemoore, California, were used to estimate the evaporation rate.

Meriwether Co., the project developer, has a water service agreement with Coachella Valley Water District that evaluated water availability based on the previous plan, which included an 18-hole golf course. The wave basin will use about one-fourth the water of the golf course.

 

Coral Mountain is situated on approximately 400 acres. Our project is a private community with 600 homes ranging in price from $2 million to $5 million-plus. Residents and guests of the two-story hotel and casitas (maximum 150 units) would have access to the signature wave basin, water amenities and other recreational features. The public will enjoy access to the restaurant and bar on a reservation basis along with the commercial development at the southwest corner of Avenue 58 and Madison Street. By committing to a private community, we are able to reduce traffic impacts of the project in the local area.
Perimeter landscaping on our property along Madison Street and Avenue 58 will be installed in the early phases of project development. This area is the “front door” to our community, making early completion of these improvements in our best interest to ensure the project’s attractiveness to guests and home buyers.
Similar to other exclusive communities in La Quinta, our homesites are large, with most ranging in size from 12,000 to 40,000 square feet. Prices for large estate lots will begin at more than $2 million and finished homes in the village core will range from $2 million to more than $5 million.
The hotel would be two stories, with a majority of the rooms in one-story casitas. A three-story viewing structure, approximately 1,000 square feet, is planned on the edge of the wave basin for viewing and operations. The height of buildings are Coral Mountain is consistent with those at neighboring developments; they will not be visible from the surrounding communities.
Short-term rentals (at the option of the homeowner) are proposed for the community; however, they would be administered entirely through on-site management and security team that will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to handle any issues. We will work with the City of La Quinta to ensure compliance with all regulations.

 

No. Directional lighting for early-evening surfing in winter has been designed to meet the City’s requirements and ensure there is no light spillage outside the basin property. The proposed lighting plan consists of single-mounted poles with directed LED lights with full cutoff and will not appear anything like stadium lights for tennis or athletic courts. The lights will not impact homes within the project, much less those outside the property.

Sound from the wave basin is similar to ocean waves and will be confined to the immediate area. Results from noise study at a similar facility in Lemoore, California, has been incorporated into the noise study for the Coral Mountain project.

Last year, we coordinated a site visit for a concerned neighbor near Coral Mountain that confirmed that the wave basin was barely audible at 300 feet distance with only an 8-foot wooden fence in between. His sound level meter recorded readings less than 50 decibels at this distance, significantly lower than the City of La Quinta’s 65-decibel threshold for single-family residential use. At 2,600 feet from the site, he was unable to hear any noise. It is important to note that the area surrounding the Lemoore facility is undeveloped flat land, very different than the plans at Coral Mountain which will contain buildings and landscaping to further insulate the wave basin.

The following notes the approximate shortest distance from the wave basin to the closest homes in each neighborhood:

While not scientific like the above-mentioned study, last year we coordinated a site visit for a concerned neighbor which resulted in confirmation that the wave basin was barely audible at 300’ distance with only an 8’ wooden fence in between. His sound level meter recorded readings less than 50 decibels at this distance, significantly lower than the City of La Quinta’s 65-decibel threshold for single-family residential use. At 2,600’ from the site, he was unable to hear any noise. It is important to note that the area surrounding the Lemoore facility is undeveloped flat land, very different than the plans at Coral Mountain which will contain buildings and landscaping to further insulate the wave basin.

The following notes the approximate shortest distance from the wave basin to the closest homes in each neighborhood:

  • The Quarry – 2,400 feet (Coral Mountain sits between the wave basin and all homes at The Quarry)
  • Trilogy – 2,600 feet
  • Andalusia – 4,100 feet
  • Avenue 60 private residence – 870 feet
The existing wave basin operation in Lemoore, California, utilizes a speaker system to make periodic safety announcements and has been included in the noise analysis for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). While we are confident the noise study will show the speakers will not be audible off of our property, we will continue to look for alternatives to ensure this does not become a nuisance. These speakers are NOT used to project music across the wave basin.
We anticipate that one jet ski will be used in the basin to reposition surfers and for life safety purposes, as is the case at the existing facility in Lemoore, California. Other recreational uses of personal watercraft will not be allowed.
It is imperative to note that the project application as submitted does not give us the unilateral right to host an event. We have proposed up to four events per year. The EIR will study impacts should we apply for and receive approval for events. We will be required to go through the City of La Quinta’s special use permit process, which requires significant detail to address items such as noise, traffic, etc.