New La-Z-Boy store approved in Rancho Mirage

A new La-Z-Boy home furnishings store is planned in Rancho Mirage, along a stretch of Highway 111 that is becoming known as “furniture row.” The new furniture and décor store, unanimously approved by the City Council on Thursday, will be built on a 2.32-acre of vacant site just north of Mor […]

A new La-Z-Boy home furnishings store is planned in Rancho Mirage, along a stretch of Highway 111 that is becoming known as “furniture row.”

The new furniture and décor store, unanimously approved by the City Council on Thursday, will be built on a 2.32-acre of vacant site just north of Mor and Stanley furniture stores and will include a 17,462-square-foot building with 35 parking spaces.

The project developer is Milwaukee-based ICAP Development, with a variety of commercial developments across the country, including other hotels, Walgreens, Aldi and other La-Z-Boy stores.

The property is zoned for general commercial and includes neighbors some business office complexes as well as other furniture and interior design stores, including Ethan Allen to the north and Sleep Den and Dining & Stools Unlimited across Highway 111 to the east.

The store will be a maximum of 25 feet high with a flat roof and can be accessed off Highway 111 or from the west off of Rio del Sol Road.

Lighted signage will be on the building, said Pilar Lopez, assistant planner for the city.

“No monument signs are proposed at this time,” Lopez said.

Site improvements will include a sidewalk along Highway 111 and landscaping that uses a mix of desert plants, including various shrubs and trees which will help shade the site.

There will be a loading dock on the side of the building with delivery trucks entering off Highway 111 and exiting the property off of Rio del Sol, Lopez said.

An expansion of the building by 10,720 square feet at the rear of the building may be requested down the road, she said.

“The potential expansion would require additional parking spaces and would need to go through the (city’s) entitlement process,” Lopez said.

Thirty-five covered parking spaces are currently planned.

“Generally, new developments along Highway 111 require the construction of architecturally compatible carports,” Lopez said.

ICAP Development plans to create three “sail-shade” structures, tan in color and a maximum of 14 feet high – one in the front of the building along Highway 111 and two parking structures in the back of the building, she said.

‘Welcome back home’ to Rancho Mirage

Councilmember Richard Kite asked about the height and high volume of the trees planned for the front of the property, along Highway 111, whether they would block visibility of the store.

Forty-eight trees are planned to be planted – the minimum required for the project under municipal code, Director of Development Services Jeremy Gleim said.

A new La-Z-Boy home furnishings store is planned for the 2.32-acre vacant site, highlighted in red, on Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage.

“It looks a bit clustered here (on Highway 111) but they are required to provide a certain amount of trees that provide shade, and for this project in particular, the only location where that was viable area was the frontage,” Lopez said.

No one from the public spoke for or against the project.

Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Townsend said approval of the project brings La-Z-Boy back to Rancho Mirage.

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