Six months after development of Havasu Riviera State Park was declared to be "full steam ahead," state officials announced development is back on track.
Arizona State Parks and Trails said Wednesday afternoon that it had signed an updated agreement intended to move the project forward.
Havasu Riviera is a collaboration between Lake Havasu City, Arizona State Parks and Trails and Komick Development. The project will comprise 550 acres, and is estimated to be completed over the next decade. It will include a six-lane boat launch ramp, a 250-acre master planned community, a 300-room hotel, a 200-slip marina, a waterfront restaurant and day-use areas.
The new agreement, according to a news release, "finalizes the contract that will work in the interest of both parties." The agreement also includes a funding method to ensure development proceeds on schedule. The release didn't provide any financial details.
The project is expected to be completed in phases over "the next couple of years," the release said.
Development of the project started with a 2016 groundbreaking. The boat ramp was installed in 2017, and the road leading to the Riviera was completed earlier this year. The project was delayed by the state when former State Parks Director Sue Black was fired by Gov. Doug Ducey, and was delayed again this year for reasons that remain unclear.
Arizona State Parks also has not provided information requested by the News-Herald on June 18. The News-Herald filed a public records request seeking to review all written communications about Havasu Riviera between Arizona State Parks and its partners on the project.
Havasu Riviera Marina, LLC, is responsible for the development of the state park, located on a stretch of the Colorado River between Sweetwater Avenue and Partner's Point.
The state says the next steps are to update the business plan and master plan and work with "stakeholders" to start building in the next few months.