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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
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Sunnylands Center & Gardens
37977 Bob Hope Drive Rancho Mirage, California 92270
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Admission is free to Sunnylands Center, which offers interactive displays, films, and art from the Sunnylands Collection. The café and store are open during public hours.
 

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Palm Springs hotel to be converted into Hard Rock outpost
By Roger Vincent
February 10, 2013, 5:20 a.m.

In ever-evolving Palm Springs, a downtown inn will be converted to a Hard Rock Hotel as the desert city continues to crank up its appeal for younger, hipper visitors.

By year's end, Hotel Zoso on Indian Canyon Drive is to be turned into a 160-room Hard Rock, where guests can borrow electric Fender guitars to noodle on in their rooms or check out a fancy sound mixer to practice their DJ skills.

Hotel Zoso will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation to give it the Hard Rock vibe, Shindler said, with an amped-up pool scene and a rock-themed bar and restaurant. Music memorabilia, one of Hard Rock’s trademarks, will line the walls.

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is intended to appeal to “the vacationer who is looking for a little more activity than riding around the Rancho Mirage golf course,” Shindler said. He also reached out to gay travelers, who have helped restore the city’s luster as a tourist destination.
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Desert Fashion Plaza Demolition Underway


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PALM SPRINGS — Demolition of the Desert Fashion Plaza on Thursday will begin with the destruction of the old mall’s entranceway sign — a gesture that some say will symbolize the redevelopment of a new downtown.

The demolition will follow the State of the City address by Mayor Steve Pougnet, who will touch on the status of the city’s finances and economic development. “There’s a vibe … that is electrifying. There’s a momentum in the city of Palm Springs that I don’t think the city has seen in years,” he said.

City officials are expecting hundreds of people to, first, attend the speech at the Palm Springs Hilton, and then walk over to the parking lot behind California Pizza Kitchen at Tahquitz Canyon Way and Palm Canyon Drive to witness the crumbling of the Desert Fashion Plaza sign. “This is monumental. … This will definitely sink in. People will see the main part of the mall start to come down,” said Pougnet.

Michael Braun, senior vice president with Wessman Development said the event marks the beginning of a new downtown and the creation of jobs. “A lot of people are looking forward to the demolition and of new local job creation for this project over the next two to three years,” he said. Wessman Development plans to replace the old mall with three new city blocks full of retail, restaurants and a Kimpton brand hotel, which will anchor the project.

Braun said the interior of the mall will be cleaned out first, followed by removal of the roof and then the exterior walls will be knocked down. The part fronting Palm Canyon Drive would not be touched until the very end, he said. He expects demolition of most of the mall to be completed by summertime with construction starting in September.

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Here's Palm Springs's First New Downtown Hotel Since the '80s

The big hotel news just won't quit this week. Yesterday Kimpton officially announced that they would be operating the six-story, 190-room hotel that will be built on the former site of Palm Springs's Desert Fashion Plaza. The new Hotel Palomar will include a "chef-driven, destimation restaurant," meeting and event space, and a rooftop bar and pool, which, somehow, is a first for Palm Springs. Wessman Development is in the midst of demolishing the old shopping center, says the Desert Sun, and the Kimpton is expected to open its doors in 2015. The redevelopment of the 14-acre Fashion Plaza site will eventually also include retail, restaurants, office space, and new streets.
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/05/heres_palm_springss_first_new_downtown_hotel_since_the_80s.php







 
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CABAZON: Outlet mall plans $100 million expansion
A $100 million expansion is announced for the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon, adding up to 60 stores and hundreds of jobs
BY TIFFANY RAY STAFF WRITER March 20, 2012; 03:48 PM

The Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon is launching a $100 million expansion project that will add more than 158,000 square feet of retail space and a four-story parking garage.

It’s estimated the project will generate 400 to 500 new retail jobs and will increase the size of the outlet mall by about 30 percent.

Work is expected to begin this summer and to be completed by 2014.
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Palm Springs: Will the Marilyn sculpture stay or go?
By Mary Forgione
Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
July 25, 2013, 7:55 a.m.

Marilyn Monroe can't seem to say goodbye to Palm Springs. The 26-foot "Forever Marilyn" statue slated to leave sometime in September will remain in place until mid-November before shoving off for New Jersey, a city tourism site announced.

This is the second extension for the "Forever Marilyn" statue by Seward Johnson, which arrived in May 2012.

The desert town's love affair with the sculpture began after it arrived for a year's visit at Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon. Since then, "Marilyn" has stuck around for a celebration marking what would have been the actress' 86th birthday on June 1, numerous film screenings and other events.

But could the sculpture somehow stay in Palm Springs, well, "forever"? It's not without precedent.

Johnson also created the "Unconditional Surrender" sculpture memorializing the end of World War II — the famous pose of the sailor and nurse kissing — that was loaned to San Diego from 2007 to 2012.

The statue was such a hit that the USS Midway Museum and a local architect raised more than $1 million to have a bronze copy made to replace the original at Tuna Harbor Park in the city's port. It was installed in February.
http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals...ings-forever-marilyn-20130724,0,7680201.story
 

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Palm Springs: 'Forever Marilyn' extends her visit through March
By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
September 18, 2013, 7:45 a.m.

The love affair between Palm Springs and the 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe will last at least six more months. Tourism officials have negotiated another extension for the "Forever Marilyn" sculpture to stay put at Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way, but why?

"She's a little kitschy, which is perfect for us," Mary Jo Ginther, director of tourism for the city, said Tuesday. "Everything about her seems to match up with the personality of Palm Springs." It's on loan from the Sculpture Foundation, which plans to transport it to New Jersey in 2014 for an exhibition honoring creator Seward Johnson.
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Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs a monument to rock 'n' roll
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Xochitl Peña
The Desert Sun

As soon as you step through the doors, a slick motorcycle greets you on one side and white Pearl Drum kit on the other.

“If there’s one thing rock stars love more than volume, it’s a Harley Davidson motorcycle,” read a placard in front of the shiny hog.

Further in, pillows with the faces of Frank Sinatra and Jim Morrison complemented couches, while outfits, guitars and other memorabilia of some of music’s most influential artists adorned the walls.

Inside glass boxes were a blue fluffy gown wore by Shakira, a Lady Gaga outfit that looks like it was made of Elmer’s glue, a black vinyl bustier of Cher’s and a wool jacket and pork pie hat worn by will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas.

Guests toured the main lobby, pool area, restaurant, retail “rock shop” and listened to a special live performance by Bicycle Thief, a band that included Bob Forrest from Thelonious Monster and Josh Klinghoffer from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

A floor-to-ceiling tower made up of hundreds of different types of speakers that blare music can’t be missed when walking through the lobby.

Even the hotel rooms have rock ’n’ roll touches: album covers serve as background for the hotel room numbers; a small guitar is monogrammed on the right top corner of each pillow.

The 163-room hotel also will feature perks, such as a VIP rock star suite and the signature “Sound of Your Stay” music program that allows guests to unleash their inner rock star by borrowing a Fender guitar for in-room jam sessions.
http://www.mydesert.com/article/201...m-Springs-monument-rock-n-roll?nclick_check=1
 

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At Westfield Palm Desert, the Coachella Valley’s only regional mall, two anchor department store spaces are under construction in preparation for the arrival of several new tenants. The changes include a two-story space on the north side of the mall where the second floor will be filled by a new Dick’s Sporting Goods store. The first floor will be home to a new World Gym as well as another business that has yet to be named.

An enclosed department store space on the mall’s south side has been entirely re-imagined providing an open and dramatic new mall entrance that will be flanked on either side by a variety of new restaurants.

A block away, One Eleven Town Center is also under construction as contractors reconfigure a mostly vacant strip mall to prepare for the arrival of the region’s first Whole Foods and Nordstrom’s Rack locations. A Home Goods store is also part of this exciting new development, scheduled to be completed and open for business in 2014.

Nearby on Highway 111, a former Toy’s “R” Us location is being remodeled in preparation for the opening of the Coachella Valley’s first Walmart Neighborhood Market.

Palm Desert’s last vacant “big box” commercial space no longer holds that distinction with the announcement that the site of the former Mervyn’s store will be the home of a new PGA Tour Superstore. The 50,000-square-foot store, the company’s third California location, is scheduled to open in fall 2013.

The construction boom extends to El Paseo, Palm Desert’s upscale shopping district, known as the Rodeo Drive of the Desert. There, The Gardens on El Paseo is installing new landscaped gardens and features that include shaded seating areas and walkways, as well as cooling misters for a more pleasurable shopping experience at stores including Tommy Bahama’s, Anthropologie, Louis Vuitton, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Also new to The Gardens this coming season are specialty retailer The Art of Shaving and a breakfast and lunch restaurant, Wilma & Frieda.

Across the street, work is underway on a long-shuttered space to prepare for the debut of Il Corso, a Mediterranean restaurant featuring tapas and wood fired pizzas scheduled to open in late 2013.

The spike in development is not confined to retail and restaurant spaces. At College of the Desert, a half-dozen construction projects are underway as other recently completed multimillion-dollar buildings begin to serve students and faculty.

Work on a $22.2 million gym has commenced, as well as a new building for applied science classes, and a new child development center. Also under construction is a new $1.8 million Stagecraft Studio, where theater arts students can build scenery and do other behind-the-scenes work.

The finishing touches have been completed on the college’s new $25.1 million communications building, and an $8.4 million visual arts building is being built in what the college is describing as a new Arts District.

The news is also exciting at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus where the arrival of the college’s inaugural freshman class for the start of the fall 2013/2014 quarter officially confirmed the school’s status as the Coachella Valley’s first and only public four-year university.

The recent accreditation of the University of California, Riverside’s new Medical School has paved the way for UCR in Palm Desert to build a new ambulatory medical center as well as continuing medical education and research facilities to complement the medical school. These developments will help fill the regional need for physicians and related medical professionals, and will also help attract additional medical research and related businesses to Palm Desert, increasing employment and economic development.
http://www.palmspringslife.com/Palm...ion/September-2013/City-Profiles-Palm-Desert/
 

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Knott's Soak City closing down its fitness center
Nov. 14, 2013
Written byXochitl Peña The Desert Sun

PALM SPRINGS — A longtime fitness center owned by Knott’s Soak City is closing at the end of the year to make way for the water park’s expansion.

“Future plans involve utilizing the Health Club area as part of an expansion to the water park. These exciting new plans are still in development and we look forward to announcing them in the very near future,” it stated further.

This change comes three months after Cedar Fair Entertainment sold the 21-acre park in August to Orlando-based CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc. a real estate investment firm that owns ski resorts and other water parks throughout the United States.
http://www.mydesert.com/article/20131114/NEWS01/311140013/
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2014 INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN EXPANSION
Indian Wells, CA
by MVT PR | 08.03.2013

The Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the BNP Paribas Open, the most-attended ATP World Tour and WTA tennis tournament in the world, unveiled expansion plans targeted for the 2014 tournament, it was announced by Raymond Moore, chief executive officer.

The plans, which were approved today by the City of Indian Wells, include a permanent Stadium 2 that will feature 8,000 seats and two restaurants, a marquee site entrance on Washington Street with a new box office, a new 19,000 square foot shade structure identical to the one built in 2012, four additional practice courts, expansion of the current Miles Avenue entrance, an upgraded valet and accessible parking area on the north side, an additional grass parking space for up to 2,000 cars and expansion and relocation of the TV Production compound.

These expansion plans build upon changes the tournament made the past few years including becoming the only tournament in the world to have the Hawkeye Challenge System on all match courts, increasing total prize money to more than $11 Million, installing a 19,000 sq. ft. shade structure to the Tennis Garden Village, adding additional seating to outer courts and practice courts and placing numerous video walls and information towers throughout the site. All of the enhancements are designed to create an incomparable venue to enjoy world-class tennis while also delivering a relaxing atmosphere between matches.
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'Forever Marilyn' statue ending two-year hitch in Palm Springs
The 26-foot-high Monroe sculpture, modeled after a scene in 'The Seven-Year Itch,' is set to be dismantled and shipped to New Jersey.
By Rick Rojas
March 2, 2014, 7:25 p.m.

PALM SPRINGS — On a bright and breezy afternoon, the continuous stream of tourists queued up on a bustling downtown corner for their moment with Marilyn.

The icon loomed some 26 feet high in a re-creation of that classic image of Monroe in the air-blown white dress. She seemed blissfully oblivious as one person after another posed between her legs, resting a hand on her calf. A few climbed up onto her stilettos.

"It's always like this!" Mayor Steve Pougnet said, standing amid the crowd that had assembled on a weekday afternoon. "She's been remarkable."

She has been in Palm Springs for just shy of two years, but in that time the sculpture — named Forever Marilyn, the work of artist Seward Johnson — has been embraced as something of a symbol of the city, a glamorous throwback to Palm Springs' heyday as a desert playground for Hollywood stars including Monroe, who would sunbathe here.

Forever Marilyn's stay in the city was supposed to end by last June, only to be extended twice. But now she's moving on.

At the end of March, the statue — weighing 34,000 pounds — will be disassembled into half a dozen parts and shipped to New Jersey. There she will join about 150 other works by Johnson on display through September in a 42-acre park.
http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-forever-marilyn-20140303,0,3741243.story
 

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'Forever Marilyn' Monroe statue in Palm Springs to be dismantled
By David Ng
March 31, 2014, 8:20 a.m.

After a two-year stay, Marilyn Monroe is saying farewell to Palm Springs.

"Forever Marilyn," the three-story-tall sculpture by artist Seward Johnson, will be dismantled this week so that the leggy tourist attraction can be shipped to its next location, the Grounds for Sculpture in central New Jersey.

But there is already talk of bringing the blond bombshell back to Palm Springs -- permanently. Some local leaders believe the artwork embodies the city's glamorous history, and they want to purchase it.

"We are determined to bring Marilyn back to us 'forever.' It is where she belongs," said

Aftab Dada, chairman of PS Resorts, a local tourism organization that helped to pay for the sculpture's visit.

He is working with the city on the possible acquisition of the artwork, he said. The Sculpture Foundation, the Santa Monica organization that owns the piece, said it is considering selling the work.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainmen...rings-seward-johnson-20140328,0,1509218.story
 

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CABAZON OUTLETS: Grand opening of Desert Hills Premium Outlets

The Simon Property Group which owns or has an interest in more than 325 retail properties in North America, Asia and Europe and has $1.1 billion in redevelopment and expansion projects in the works at 25 properties in the U.S., Asia and Mexico counts the Desert Hills expansion as one of its finest finishes.

“This is our Woodbury Common of the West Coast,” said Coleen Conklin, senior vice president of marketing for the premium outlet division of Simon Property Group in Indianapolis, comparing the desert site to its center in Central Valley, N.Y., one of the most successful in the nation.

The expansion, which grew the center from 130 to 180 stores, attracted high-end newcomers such as Ted Baker London, Helmut Lang, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Valentino and Calypso.

“The heft of stores we're bringing to this property is pretty impressive,” she said. “Alexander McQueen, Belstaff and Helmut Lang are brands that do not have a single outlet store yet in the U.S., so it's very exciting.”
Expansions of the existing stores are equally dazzling: Burberry is adding its “gold” line. Guess Factory Store is moving to a bigger site. And Prada, Coach and Georgio Armani are all adding space.

Simon's Cabazon center and its neighbor Cabazon Outlets, a line-up of 20 stores directly east of Desert Hills operated by Craig Realty Group of Newport Beach, attracts I-10 drive-by tourists, day-trippers from Greater Palm Springs, Orange County, the Los Angeles Basin, Arizona and Nevad

“Asia is a hugely important market,” said Conklin, and tour groups from China have increased by nearly 50 percent in the past year.

Desert Hills, which generated $3.1 million in sales tax revenue in 2013 –

$13 million over five years – was among several Simon outlets earmarked for expansion in 2012.

In August 2012, Desert Hills was considered a high performer with sales approaching $1,000 per square foot, compared with the average $562 per square foot reported by Simon.

Les Morris, a spokesman for Simon Property Group, said redevelopment has concentrated on premium outlets – and better luxury brands – because the demand is there.

“Desert Hills is one of our most productive centers in the Premium Outlets' portfolio,” Conklin said. “It generates more than $1,300 a square foot in sales.”
http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-...il-blooms-in-desert-hills-premium-outlets.ece
http://blog.pe.com/business/2014/04...rand-opening-of-desert-hills-premium-outlets/
 
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