The applicants, Woodbridge Pacific, stated that they had no control over the Magruder building and understood it to be owned "by the Tribe", (it is actually owned by an Indian family).
Despite this their proposed plans include a roadway leading from their site to the Magruder property, Woodbridge Pacific have offered to cover half the City's estimated $339,000 cost of demolishing the Magruder building, and their partners, who are the actual current owners of the Rock Garden site, Palm Canyon 65 LLC, own land fronting the Magruder building to S. Palm Canyon Drive, giving them some significant leverage in negotiating a lease with the current owner, a member of the Saubel family.
Freeman also asked the committee to consider the Rock Garden proposal along with the design of the buildings fronting S. Palm Canyon Drive at the Cameron Project and for thought to be given to how traffic along South Palm Canyon Drive might be slowed. Currently the speed limit southbound is 25mph down S. Palm Canyon Drive up to and south of Ramon and then 40mph around the intersection with Sunny Dunes.
The AAC gave some time to examining the north side of the development, adjacent the Tahquitz Creek, and a number of members expressed concerns that the developers avoid creating a monotonous wall along that border with set-backs, access and landscaping.
The committee asked for further information and we expect it to give the application further consideration at future meetings. If approved by the AAC the proposal will then be considered by the Planning Commission and finally the City Council.