Construction Begins This Week on Lake Tamarisk Clubhouse Renovations
DESERT CENTER – Construction begins this week on the refurbishment of the Lake Tamarisk Clubhouse, which has served residents of Desert Center since 1968. The clubhouse is located about 60 miles east of Indio, at 26251 Parkview Dr.
“The Lake Tamarisk Clubhouse is an aging community center in much need of repair,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “This is the first big job paid for by the solar payments the county has collected. Desert Center residents, hosts to large-scale solar development, are just months away from having a renovated center for their community meetings.”
During the first phase of the renovation, workers will repaint the center, replace the damaged roof and install energy-efficient air conditioning units and new flooring. Sliding glass windows on two sides of the building will also be updated to better insulate the building. The renovations will address the lower quality insulation that was originally installed and repair ceilings that were damaged by severe storms last summer.
Construction of the first phase will cost $138,000 and is expected to take three months.
In June 2013, the Board of Supervisors set a policy dedicating at least 25 percent of the funds collected through franchise, real property interest or development agreements with solar developers to communities in the vicinity of a contributing plant. The board also approved Supervisor Benoit’s proposal to allocate $400,000 in existing solar payments made to the county by the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm to renovate the clubhouse.
The remaining funds will be used in the second phase of the project, the repaving of the clubhouse parking lot. This work will begin after the first phase, so the heavy trucks needed for deliveries, air conditioning units and roofing won’t damage the new paving.