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Palm Springs OKs remake of the Desert Fashion Plaza
Dozens speak for, against Wessman vision in marathon council meeting
Written by Xochitl Peña, The Desert Sun
2:08 AM, Dec 20, 2012
PALM SPRINGS — The city’s approval of a proposed revitalization of the ill-fated Desert Fashion Plaza evoked a sense of déjà vu for some longtime Palm Springs residents
Others believe the City Council’s approval of developer John Wessman’s plan would be a historic step forward — one necessary to solidify Palm Springs as a tourist destination.
The project proposes replacing most of the downtown mall with three new city blocks that would include retail, restaurants, office space, new city streets and a six-story boutique hotel.
The approval was granted with conditions that, among other things, require Wessman to study ways to provide shade for pedestrians and to restudy the elevation of the office building that fronts on Palm Canyon Drive. The City Council also asked Wessman to tweak the hotel’s architecture.
The approvals allow Wessman to begin construction documents on the project.
According to an approved financing agreement between the developer and the city, Wessman needs to have those submitted to the city by May 31 so construction can begin Sept. 30.
The approved applications include a site map for the entire 13.5-acre project, three architectural plans for the development of three city blocks; and an application for the hotel.
The project is funded by a percentage point sales tax increase voters approved last year estimated to raise $200 million over 25 years, with $43 million set aside to help Wessman revitalize the downtown mall