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The 17-store Cabazon Outlets is also gearing up for expansion. Owned by Craig Realty Group, the shopping center is going through the design review process with Riverside County to add 80,000 square feet of 25 additional stores and surface parking. Major brands there include Columbia Sportswear, Puma and Adidas.

Cabazon Outlets has leased out space to retailers and plans to start construction early next year, said Steven Craig, president and chief executive of Craig Realty Group.

Desert Hills is one of the top five performing centers out of 66 premium outlet centers owned by Simon Property Group, officials said Thursday. It ranks among those in Orlando, New York City, Hawaii and Las Vegas.

Every year, 9 million visitors flock to Desert Hills Premium Outlets, and 25 percent to 30 percent of them are international visitors. The shopping center generates sales of about $1,300 per square foot, Simon Property officials said.

About 40 percent of sales taxes in unincorporated Riverside County are generated by Desert Hills Premium Outlets and the nearby, smaller, Cabazon Outlets.
http://www.desertsun.com/story/mone...lls-premium-outlets-new-outlet-shops/8136675/
 

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At the Thermal Club, wealthy gearheads will have private vrooms

In the shadow of the Santa Rosa Mountains, a private playground for some of the nation's wealthiest gearheads is rising out of the desert heat.

A refuge for classic Maseratis or screaming new Ferraris, the Thermal Club will stretch over 344 acres of land, half an hour from Palm Springs. A 4.5-mile ribbon of asphalt snakes through the grounds, punctuated by a half-mile straight that begs for 150-mph passes.

Surrounding the track will be hundreds of multimillion-dollar villas, each designed to house a car collection on the ground floor and posh living rooms and kitchens above. Some models come with a glass floor between the two, all the better to gaze at the machinery below while sipping post-lap cocktails.

"Something like this hadn't been done before," said Tim Rogers, the gas-station magnate who financed the project. "There are plenty of beautiful golf clubs around the country, but not everyone plays golf."
http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-desert-racing-club-20140809-story.html
http://www.thethermalclub.com/
 

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Desert dust-up over demolition of tribe's Spa Resort in Palm Springs

Tribal rights bumped up again historic preservation in Palm Springs this week, when the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians started tearing down a 1959 spa and casino in a city that is passionate about midcentury modern architecture.

The downtown Spa Resort Casino complex’s concrete-domed entrance colonnade, which led to the property's hot springs, was the first feature to be torn down in a process that will take months.

The tribe declared a sovereign right to improve the property and said it is protecting an ancient and sacred hot mineral spring.

It has not specified what those improvements will be, saying on that it is "working to create a vision ... a masterpiece for the tourism of downtown Palm Springs.”
http://www.latimes.com/entertainmen...emolition-in-palm-springs-20140905-story.html
 

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PALM SPRINGS: New design center takes wing

The work of architect E. Stewart Williams populates inaugural exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum’s new downtown location.



The doors opened for the first time Sunday to the Palm Springs Art Museum’s new Art and Architecture Design Center.

“This museum does something we have always dreamed of doing,” Managing Director J.R. Roberts said as he threw open the design center’s glass doors at 10 a.m. and welcomed the first visitors.

“We wanted to have a culture and arts presence right downtown, to be accessible to everyone and to attract a younger audience,” he said.

The downtown building, known as Edwards Harris Pavilion, is the third location for the museum, with headquarters several blocks away and a satellite facility in Palm Desert.

The design center has been in the museum’s pipeline since 2008. The main campus is on a parallel road with less street presence than the new design center, Roberts said.

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival smashed another record today. The festival, which has its twin editions set for April 10-12 and April 17-19 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, sold out in less than 40 minutes.

In 2014, Coachella was the top-grossing festival of the year, according to Billboard Boxscore, the concert industry arm of Billboard. It took in more than $78.3 million over its two weekends.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/festival-647378-coachella-april.html
 

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SilverRock golf resort gets La Quinta go-ahead

When SilverRock Resort in La Quinta is eventually completed, it will be the first large scale golf course resort built in the Coachella Valley in almost three decades.

It is proposed to include a luxury hotel tucked against the mountain overlooking the Arnold Palmer golf course, another nearby lifestyle hotel, a convention center, promenade of shops and retail, a mini-Riverwalk, high-end camping, residential units, hiking trails and a public park.

The company responsible for this resurrection plans to break ground on the $420 million project by about this time next year or in early 2016. It is estimated to generate $53 million in revenue for the city in its first 15 years of operation.

With a development and purchase deal inked – the City Council unanimously approved it Nov. 4 – the company now can start work on design, engineering and infrastructure improvements such as water lines, power facilities and roads.

The entire project site spans 525 acres and includes the current 173 acre golf course and land for a future 18 hole golf course.

"I think it will be something they have never seen before here in the Coachella Valley, both as a destination that will serve a national and international clientele as well as a place where locals will come and think this is a really great place."
http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/local/2014/11/16/silverrock-resort-la-quinta/19152261/
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Major casino developer tapped for downtown plan

The site extends from the corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way and Indian Canyon Drive to corner of Indian Canyon and Amado Road, and east to Calle El Segundo. The Hilton Palm Springs is not included in the master-planning site, according to tribe officials.

It's not yet clear what level of development Agua Caliente has in mind, how many rooms the new hotel will include or if any expansion to the current Spa Casino is envisioned.

"The Tribal Council selected JCJ today. So the master planning process will be getting under way soon and nothing has been set in stone," wrote Kate Anderson, spokeswoman for Agua Caliente, in an email.

The range of the firm's work nationally includes $1 billion in construction value at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the nation's top slot revenue generator, Resorts World Casino New York City.

"JCJ clearly demonstrated their overwhelming desire to work with us on creating a master plan for this site," Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said in a statement.

"Creating a master plan will include a dynamic approach that will center around the Agua Caliente hot mineral spring and defining a renewed area around it, transforming the site into a dynamic destination."
http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2014/11/25/agua-caliente-master-plan-downtown/70109894/
http://www.visionaguacaliente.com/future/
 

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Coachella officials are looking to break into the tourism industry with the development of a Hollywood-style theme park along Interstate 10.

The proposed "Return To Aztlan" park includes a 200-foot pyramid, 10,000-person concert plaza, 12-screen movie theater, rides, a river walk, hotel, restaurants and stores.
http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2015/02/18/coachella-theme-park/23650961/
http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2015/02/17/coachella-theme-park-movie-studio/23585911/
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2015/02/aztlan_aztec_theme_park_coachella_valley_palm_springs.php
 

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TRANSPORTATION: Rail link from L.A. to Coachella Valley explored

A longtime idea to expand passenger rail service to the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass is picking up speed.

A comprehensive study is underway, with a pair of meetings recently held in Banning and Palm Desert to present the project and get feedback from the public.

“For years, there’s been other – I’d say much lower level, much less complex studies done about the feasibility,” said John Standiford, deputy executive director of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, or RCTC. “This is the first time we’ve really gone forward and done something that hopefully will lead to an actual, full-blown EIR (environmental impact report) – a real project where we can compete for funding.”

Still, planning is in the early stages. It would be several years before the expanded passenger rail service would be operational. And funding would have to be secured. It is estimated the project could cost $150 million to $200 million.
http://www.pe.com/articles/rail-761811-valley-coachella.html
 

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RIVERSIDE: Rail project awarded $2.98 million grant
The Federal Railroad Administration has plans to provide daily Amtrak service between Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley.

A $2.98 million Federal Railroad Administration grant will support plans to provide daily Amtrak service between Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley.

Current passenger rail service is limited to three times a week, with one stop. The idea on the table is to provide at least one round trip per day, with a stop in the San Gorgonio Pass and two stops in the desert.
http://www.pe.com/articles/service-765027-grant-provide.html
 

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Stagecoach music fest adds variety to winning formula

It's been nominated twice by the industry publication, Pollstar, as the Best Major Music Festival in North America, alongside its bigger cousin, Coachella. It was named the world's highest-grossing country festival in 2014 by Statista.com, which measures aspects such as concert revenue. Billboard reported last year's gross revenue as $18,615,000 based on paid attendance of 63,400 people a day. This year, it sold out again with total attendance expected at about 75,000 people a day.
http://www.desertsun.com/story/life...3/stagecoach-country-music-festival/26242729/
 

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CABAZON: Renovated outlet mall draws big-name retailers

When Desert Hills Premium Outlets uncorked its $100 million renovation last year with 50 additional stores and a parking garage with lights that work like an airport runway, shoppers were forewarned.

The welcome banners said, “You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Closet.”

Flash forward to now, and the Santa Barbara-styled venue with water fountains, escalators, sculptures and shaded areas where shoppers can relax hasn’t only kept its word. The Simon Property premium outlet destination in Cabazon has added Balenciaga, Joie, Lululemon Athletica, Talbots, the North Face and David Yurman to its 180-store lineup.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries also is setting up shop in the East Village Food Court.

“We are now 100 percent leased,” said Desert Hills marketing director Elizabeth “Liz” Perkovich.
http://www.pe.com/articles/desert-784170-store-hills.html
 

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Route chosen for train from Indio to Los Angeles

The long-awaited rail line that could connect the Coachella Valley to Los Angeles took another step forward on Thursday, when the Riverside County Transportation Commission selected a route to study even further.

That route would run from Los Angeles to Fullerton, swing north to Colton, and then continue southeast through the San Gorgonio Pass to Indio, according to the planning document the transportation commission approved on Thursday.
http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2015/11/12/coachella-valley-train-los-angeles-stations/75651492/
 

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Virgin plans its first West Coast hotel in this California city



Mary Forgione | LA Times | 26 January 2016

The Virgin empire is bringing its lifestyle brand of hotels to California. The company announced Tuesday that it plans to build its first hotel in the West in downtown Palm Springs.

But not for awhile.

Virgin Hotels Palm Springs will be built in the downtown area with an expected opening date of late 2018. It will sit on a to-be-created Main Street that will connect the Palm Springs Art Museum with North Palm Canyon Drive.

The hotel will feature 150 rooms (they call them "chambers" and "grand chamber suites") as well as the brand's signature Commons Club gathering space in the lobby. Of course, there will be on-site bars and restaurants too.

The hotel will feature a rooftop terrace and pool to capitalize on views of the nearby Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains. And here's a local culture twist: There also will be an outdoor spot where guests can see movies and performances run by the Palm Springs Art Museum.

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Hot spring a central part of tribe’s Palm Springs plan

The hot spring that bubbles up in downtown Palm Springs will become the centerpiece of a new development that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians plans to build at the site where the Spa Resort hotel was demolished last year.

Chairman Jeff Grubbe said the Tribal Council is working on plans for the property that will accentuate the venerated Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, which holds deep cultural significance for the tribe.

“The primary focus for this council and membership is obviously the mineral springs and that corner. I can tell you that we’re not going to build anything on top of that,” Grubbe said in an interview last week. “We want to leave that corner in its natural state. It would be nice to have what it used to look like before all this was built up.”

So much has changed since the spring was a pond fringed with reeds in the late 1800s that returning it to a natural state isn't really possible. But Grubbe said the tribe’s leaders and members hope to create an outdoor space where people can walk through and get a sense of what the spring once looked like. They also plan to build a new spa.

The Agua Caliente tribe is named after the hot spring, as is the city of Palm Springs.

He said that the tribe’s leaders would prefer not to fill up the property with buildings, and that having outdoor space for thousands to attend concerts would make sense, along with shops and restaurants.

“We don’t want to just be defined by casinos only,” Grubbe said. Still, casinos are a solid money-earner for the Agua Caliente. Revenues from the tribe’s two casinos haven’t yet rebounded to pre-recession levels, Grubbe said, but the numbers of visitors walking in the doors have been growing.

“We want to have a full master plan in place,” he said. “And if we’re going to build everything at once or if we’re going to take years, we don’t know.”

Grubbe said he hopes to have more specifics pinned down later this year.
http://www.desertsun.com/story/news...ntral-part-tribes-palm-springs-plan/79091282/
 
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