Skyway Gateway Project|
The Skyway Gateway Project has become a controversial topic of
Ridge residents over the past several months, and likely will continue. The
project is planned to be developed west of the Town of Paradise in the area
below the Skyway Crossroad. Since this is a project of great significance to
the Ridge communities,
OnTheRidge.com is providing this information for the proposed shopping
and recreation center.
We thank Chad Wemple of Tuscan Ridge Winery for permission to
provide the following Questions & Answers for the proposed project.
Questions & Answers
How many acres will be turned into a vineyard and a park with nature trails?
There will be approximately 20 acres available for use as vineyards. All of the
park and nature trails will be open for public use and enjoyment.
What will the buildings look like? Like the Chico Mall buildings?
No. They will be designed with wood and stone exteriors to bring out the old gold
mining heritage of Paradise.
Who will occupy the large buildings?
No large tenant has committed to the project at this time. The large building area
on the plan will likely become two, or three different stores. Intense
marketing of the "retail" portions of the project will not occur until we are further
into the governmental approval process. At this point in time, we don't really know
what we will be allowed to develop. We intend to contact an array of possible and/or
stores such as Raleys and other supermarkets, Trader Joe's, large book, clothing,
consumer electronics, toy, computer, home improvement, furniture, specialty,
merchandise, sporting goods stores, and discount department stores.
How will this affect our local economy?
A full economic impact analysis on the project will be done by an independent
professional engaged by the Town of Paradise as part of the annexation process.
We expect that it will demonstrate that for the first time Paradise will not
only retain its tax base, it will also create a new one by becoming a destination
attraction for out-of-Towners seeking antiques, jewelery, clothing and fine
restaurants. In addition, we hope to have our own luxury spa hotel that will be
capable of hosting weddings and conventions. Next-door will be the
Tuscan Ridge Winery, our Town's own boutique winery and vineyard with a nature
trail winding along the ridge. This will be an unprecedented change. Never
before have the consumers of Butte County, and the surrounding areas traveled
to Paradise to enjoy recreation, shopping, wine tasting and fine dining.
Where will the water come from? How much water will the vineyard require?
FHK will drill a well that is estimated to produce 400 gallons per minute. If
the well operates 12 hours per day on average, it will produce approximately
280,000 gallons per day. FHK's project will use less than one third of this
production. FHK has offered to give the well to PID [Paradise Irrigation District]
to be used as needed. The vineyard will be primarily dry-farmed, using less
water than average shrubs. This method produces better quality grapes with
higher sugar levels, as well as providing a green landscape with a minimum
amount of water usage.
How will this affect our ecology?
For the first time Paradise will have a sewer treatment plant to support a
commercial development. The wastewater will be reconditioned, recycled and
then used for landscape irrigation. We will not have any septic system leach
fields, which are major causes of nitrate buildup. The entire project will be
done in accordance with EPA standards. We will also give entire use of a
"scenic lookout" picnic area and parking lot to the community and to the
Paradise and Tuscan Ridge Area Community Association to use for benefit
festivals and craft fairs. 100% of the proceeds of these functions will go
directly to help rehabilitate and build micro education centers and parking
areas with trash and bathroom facilities in the Paradise and Tuscan Ridge
Is this all of the information on this project?
No. More is expected to be added soon. If you have questions
or desire further information, please contact the committee secretary Robin Rowe
at (530) 876-0428. Please leave a message and someone will get back to you.
About KKP Companies
KKP Companies is a shopping center development and management company
based in Sacramento, California. They have developed centers throughout
Northern California, Hawaii, and New Mexico. For more information on
KKP Companies, biographies, locations of current shopping centers showing
site plans and pictures,
visit the KKP Companies Web site.
640 Watt Avenue, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95864-5064
Fred M. Katz, E-mail