As of February 1, 2012, all redevelopment agencies in the State of California were dissolved per legislation enacted in 2011.  Each redevelopment agency has what is known as a Successor Agency to finish redevelopment activities in-progress.  The information below is provided so the public is aware of what the Calimesa Redevelopment Agency was doing to improve the economy and quality of life in the City before this tool was eliminated.


Redevelopment Project Area No. 1 was adopted by the Calimesa Redevelopment Agency on December 30, 1993.  It consists of about 762 acres located in four subareas:


Subarea 1a is located between the south side of County Line Road and the flood control channel generally between 5th Street and just east of 3rd Street.  The area currently consists of older single-family residences intermixed with commercial uses.  The goal is to generally improve the area as a community commercial, which can also include vertical or horizontal mixed-use projects.  In addition, infrastructure improvements are needed along County Line Road.


Subarea 1b is located on the west side of Interstate 10 between County Line Road, 7th Street, and Avenue L.  The area is generally under-developed because of lack of infrastructure, including lack of drainage improvements.  There are also conflicts between residential and commercial uses.


Subarea 1c generally extends Project Area No. 5 to the south.  It adds the commercial area from Myrtlewood Drive south past the Calimesa Country Club into the project area.  The area north of Sandalwood Avenue is generally developed but has infill development possibilities.  This area, combined with Project Area No. 5, encompasses the area thought of as downtown Calimesa.  Redevelopment goals include developing a downtown identity for this area to strengthen its economic viability.  The area south of Sandalwood Avenue is generally vacant land that has not yet been developed because of its hilly terrain.


Subarea 1d is contiguous and shown on the Project Area Map as part of Subarea 1e.  This acreage runs parallel to Interstate 10 on the west side from Sandalwood Avenue to Cherry Valley Boulevard.  Much of this acreage is undeveloped because it lacks infrastructure that will be expensive to install because of its hilly terrain.  Given its visibility and access from Interstate 10, it is ideal for community and regional commercial development with some area designated for mid-density residential development.


The Redevelopment Plan for Project Area No. 1 is effective until December 30, 2033.  Debt can be incurred until December 30, 2013, and tax increment can be collected and debt repaid until December 30, 2043.  The right to use eminent domain to acquire property in the project area expired on December 20, 2005.


Projects undertaken or contemplated in the Project Area before the Redevelopment Area was dissolved include storm drainage improvements south of County Line Road; widening of County Line Road and installation of curb, gutter, and sidewalks between 3rd and 5th Streets; Calimesa Corridor improvements; improvement of the Singleton Road interchange with Interstate 10; development of a regional Town Center on the west side of Interstate 10 south of Singleton Road; development of a horizontal mixed-use project on County Line Road south of 3rd Street; and development of a new library and park that will benefit all residents in the City.