Sovovatum Village Town Center, “an attractive gateway to Tribe’s vast landholdings”, to break ground at Soboba

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — KTGY, a leading full-service architecture, branding, interior and planning firm focused on residential, retail, hospitality and mixed-use developments, today announced that construction is underway on Phase I of Sovovatum Village Town Center, a retail and recreation center located on the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indian’s Tribal Land.

Phase I consists of a fueling station for autos and RV’s and a state-of-the-art drive-through convenience store complete with store-to-back seat loading. A temporary outdoor space for dining, entertainment and music has also been designed as an option for the Phase I construction.

Developed by the Soboba Economic Development Corporation, the roughly 20-acre, master-planned site was conceived to accommodate up to 60,000 square feet of retail and a variety of recreational uses and community gathering areas reflective of the Tribe’s history and future desires. KTGY prepared the overall master plan and was retained to design Phase I, with completion anticipated by Q1 2022.

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“It has been such an honor partnering with the Soboba Economic Development Corporation to assist them in achieving their vision for the Sovovatum Village Town Center,” said Ken Ryan, principal, and leader of the Community Planning and Urban Design Studio at KTGY’s Irvine location. “We utilized various outreach techniques and worked closely with Tribal representatives as we have with other Tribes to gain direction and consensus from the various stakeholders. The process allowed us to receive meaningful input, listen and respond to issues, particularly with the pandemic going on this past year. Ultimately, we delivered a plan that incorporates the Tribe’s design and economic objectives, without compromising the vision.”

Envisioned as a gateway to the Soboba Economic Development Corporation’s vast landholdings, Sovovatum Village Town Center will serve as an attractive entrance complementing the Tribe’s adjacent, newly constructed hotel and casino. Idea Hall photo

Working around environmental constraints, including earthquake fault setbacks, drainage areas, and roadway access issues, KTGY proposed a master plan that reflects the priorities of the Tribe by combining revenue-generating uses with family gathering and recreational opportunities. The planned site provides latitude for the future development of additional retail, a community building and a variety of recreational uses, including a garden market, splash pad, playground and water features.

The design of the Town Center reflects the Tribe’s agrarian heritage and the beauty of the surrounding setting, including splendid views of the San Jacinto Mountains and the San Jacinto River. “The planning studio took such care working with the Tribe for the initial architectural vision for the site,” said Michael Tseng, principal and leader of the KTGY retail studio. “Working from that shared vision, our team was able to bring that design to life to establish a sense of place and create an experience for visitors that tied directly to the history of the land and the Tribe.”

The architecture, while contemporary, features barrel roofs and materials such as timber and stone that nod to nearby community landmarks and seamlessly integrate into the surroundings. The landscape concept incorporates water features, flora, and hardscape elements authentic to the history of the Tribe’s use of the land and the setting in the region.

Artist renderings show the planned layout of the Sovovatum Village Town Center, including the proposed Phase 1 portion that includes a fueling station and a state-of-the-art drive-through convenience store. The rendering also shows future proposed phase plans for the nearly 20-acres site that could include commercial retail and dining options, a large Koi pond, a children’s play area with splash pad, extensive landscaping and ample parking. Idea Hall image

“It was powerful seeing our entire community rally behind the vision for Sovovatum Village Town Center, in no small part thanks to KTGY’s thoughtful process and design sophistication,” added Becky Flores Chairwoman of the Soboba Economic Development Corporation. “This project will directly benefit the families of Soboba, by not only generating revenue for our Tribe but also providing beautiful outdoor spaces that pay tribute to our heritage and where our children and community at large will be able to come together and enjoy themselves.”

KTGY is partnering with the Tribe’s project manager Oak and Stone, General Contractor WE O’Neil Construction, Civil Engineer ERSC Engineering, Landscape Architect C2 Collaborative, Traffic Engineer Urban Crossroads, Geotechnical Geocon, Market Profiles for Marketing and Sunflower Consulting Group for the Retail Operations. 

View renderings and learn more about Sovovatum Village here.

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“We utilized various outreach techniques and worked closely with Tribal representatives as we have with other Tribes to gain direction and consensus from the various stakeholders,” Ken Ryan, principal, and leader of the Community Planning and Urban Design Studio explained; saying the ongoing pandemic and public health crisis was a factor in the development process of the project. “Ultimately, we delivered a plan that incorporates the Tribe’s design and economic objectives, without compromising the vision.”

About KTGY

Founded in 1991, KTGY is a leading full-service architecture, branding, interior and planning firm focused on residential, hospitality and mixed-use developments and neighborhood revitalization. We envision a future where residential and hospitality design inform one another to deliver spaces that merge design and desire. ​KTGY’s architects, designers and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to create memorable destinations of enduring value. To learn more, visit www.ktgy.com.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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