APPLE VALLEY — Offering a cosmopolitan blend of retail, office, conference rooms and restaurant amenities, the Spirit River Center on Thursday opened its doors to the public. The 35,000-square-foot project at Apple Valley Road and Highway 18 features a pedestrian-friendly walkway running through a series of buildings at different elevations. “We plan to have hot spots with wireless Internet access,” said Bob Tinsley, owner of BR Tinsley Construction, the developer and builder of Spirit River. Anchoring the mixed-use project is the headquarters of the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, which includes a high-tech conference room and courtyard for meetings and events.
The architectural style of Spirit River features a southwestern aesthetic of adobe-facade structures and a “river walk” bubbling from the elegant stone pathway. “It’s a beautiful place with a relaxing atmosphere,” said Renee Petelski, chief executive officer of Extreme Skin Rejuvenation Medical Spa, one of the tenants at Spirit River. “I would say my clientele has doubled, if not more, since we relocated here,” she said.
Analysts see mixed-use projects combining shopping and restaurants with office space as a growing trend in commercial development in the Inland Empire. Office tenants enjoy having the amenities nearby, while the stores and eating establishments benefit from greater traffic from the office work places. “The population is going to demand this kind of commercial space because of the convenience,” said Nick Dicosola, senior vice president of Lee & Associates Victorville office. In addition to the spa, confirmed tenants include Exit Realty and Pita Stop Mediterranean Grill. “We wanted to be in Apple Valley, but it was hard to find the right kind of office space for our needs,” said Peggy McAdams, regional owner of Exit Realty, which recently relocated to Spirit River from an office in Hesperia. “The first rule of real estate is location, and this one offers great visibility,” she said.