Residenza San Lorenzo? San Residenza Lorenzo? Apartments? Condominium? Hotel? Meh. Fresh paint looks nice.
Locals have noticed a decrease in activity at Davidson Communities' development known as The Cameron, on the corner of S. Palm Canyon Drive and E Mesquite Avenue. Heavy equipment has left the site and little has been going on there for over a week.
I called Davidson's representative, Tim O'Grady, who assured me that the delay is only temporary. It was due, he said, to problems with a local agency associated with the underground work being carried out. Although I was told that those issues have been resolved, I was also informed that there is a now dispute with the firm contracted to carry out that work which is halted until the dispute is resolved.
Mr. O'Grady, who at a public meeting in June of 2015 (i.e. eight months ago) told locals that the development would "be going vertical" (i.e. structures would be being built above ground) in a matter of three to four months, assured me that once the dispute with the contractor was resolved the development would then be "going vertical" in a matter of only six weeks.
Locals are particularly sensitive to delays in developments as during the recession the development was sold by one developer to another more than once during which time they were repeatedly assured that development work would be sure to start "soon". It took eight years for economic conditions to reverse and the development finally to start and local people find anything that smacks of further delay to be worrisome.
When it opened Mr. Lyons restaurant comprised two rooms, the main restaurant and the bar lounge. Now more space in the building has been opened. Above is a gorgeous white dining room, the patio area is now open and work is proceeding with another room that formerly had stained glass windows and Victorian prints and which we understand will also include a bar.
In the meantime the restaurant also has a new Bar menu.
Bernies Supper Club and Lounge was damaged by fire on December 25th 2014 and local residents of this South Palm Springs restaurant have been waiting for it to reopen at its adjacent location after the original building was torn down.
However the owners have announced on their Facebook page that they will be re-opening at a Rancho Mirage location, probably in March 2016.
I wish them every success there but am saddened that they could not redevelop their site in South Palm Springs as that decision, along with the closure of the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club and the offering for sale of the New York Company restaurant reverses the trend we had been seeing a year or so ago for the revitalization of the South Palm Canyon Drive corridor.
The City of Palm Springs needs to make a more concerted effort to deal with the neglect of that stretch of South Palm Canyon Drive. One idea for improvement, that will help reconnect South Palm Springs to Downtown is the continuation of the decorative streetlights that line Palm Canyon Drive further South.
Residents of Tahquitz River Estates have followed the example of adjacent Deepwell and formed a Neighborhood Watch group which got off the ground in january. A critical aspect of the group is to encourage and empower residents to take action when they see something suspicious by calling the police.
Last Sunday night around midnight a man walked down E. Mesquite Avenue ringing doorbells trying to gain entry to properties. A member of the newly formed Neighborhood Watch called 911, the police arrived within a minute, and the man was arrested for a parole violation.
Oftentimes criminals seeking to prey on property owners have a prior record and so residents taking action can be effective. In this case what might have been an incident that only caused alarm and fear for residents became one which had the opposite effect as the residents and PSPD worked together so effectively.
Random Haus, the hotel/condo building on the corner of E. San Lorenzo and S. Random Road has been sold, repainted and renamed Residenza San Lorenzo.
Formerly an unoccupied apartment building, Random Haus was touted as a gay-friendly development in which fractional units were sold or rooms rented as a luxury hotel. However the likely success of the venture always seemed dubious given the prices charged and the fact that after the hotel opened work began on the Cameron development across the road.
The new owner is reported to be returning the building to its previous use as apartments with prices ranging from $2,500 per month for a one year lease and $3,000 per month for shorter periods. Hotel rooms will still be offered in the interim period as the building transitions to apartments.
Let's hope this venture is more successful than the last.
In Britain "to trump" means to fart, which here is "to toot". Same sort of idea; the sound of a musical instrument or the sound of a train.
Anyway, now that a friend of mine has got me to adopt a high fiber diet, "Trump for America" has become my slogan too!
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