Paraiso Springs Resort is set to vote 20 years after buying the land. | 0321 | montereycountyweekly.com

Paraiso Springs Resort is set to vote 20 years after buying the land. | 0321 | montereycountyweekly.com

In 1791 King Carlos of Spain gave the land for the Soledad mission in what is now the southern province of Spain. Support included land seven miles from the church and Mission Soledad Vineyard Canyon. In 1886, the church sold this piece of land to develop it as a hot spring.

On March 27, developer John Thompson may unveil real estate in the latest metamorphosis: a recreation and health center called the Paraiso Springs Resort. His vision is to have a 103-room hotel, timeshare villas, a health center, a spa, a conference room and a vineyard.

Nearby cities, writes Thompson in an email, "increased tourism, job opportunities, economic development, a growing tax base and the provision of hospitality would greatly help the project."

But the project has been slow. Thompson bought the empty resort for $ 3.9 million in 1999 and filed with the county in 2005. In 2013, a draft environmental impact statement was circulated. Land use watchdog LandWatch and its neighbors raised concerns, including traffic, water use, noise and biological impact. resources. County planner Mike Novo adds that the resort is at high risk of fire. "From a purely planning point of view, the biggest problem is fire," says Novo.

Now Thompson wants approval for the final EIR, which began circulating in February 2018. It aims to solve some problems by expanding you, establishing quiet working hours, and introducing fuel management to ensure fire safety. It goes to the Monterey County Planning Commission to vote on approving the project on March 27.

Marielle Argueza is a staff writer and calendar editor for the weekly magazine. She deals with education, immigration and culture. It also covers the Marina and Southern counties. She occasionally writes about food and runs an internship program.

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