A trip with a friend to the Salton Sea, California's largest lake and the eco-disaster next door to Palm Springs ended at Bombay Beach.
The Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board is set to hear an application for the Villa Royale Hotel, 1620 S. Indian Trail, to be designated a Class 1 Historic Site on April 12th.
The staff report on the application can be viewed here.
Revised plans for the redevelopment of the land surrounding the former Rock Garden restaurant, (now demolished), will be considered by the Planning Commission which will be holding a Public Hearing on the proposal at its forthcoming meeting on April 13th.
One significant revision is to the initially proposed units fronting South Palm Canyon Drive, which are now revised to be three story buildings with commercial units on the first floor and twenty, two-story condominiums above with garages for the condos at the rear. From that to Belardo Road, will be a further fifty-seven single family residences, some with roof decks, of roughly 2,000-2,500 square feet on small lots averaging only 5,362 square feet.
Issues apparent from the staff notes include:
The Planning Department's staff notes, which provide much useful background and information about the proposals, can be viewed here.
The multi-million dollar rebirth of the former Curve hotel is well underway and the new hotel, re-branded as V Palm Springs, opened for business last week. A grand opening is in the works and more rooms, a second restaurant and pool will be added over the Summer. Below are a few photos taken on the premises today, one of those rare overcast days in South Palm Springs, when the hotel's Marketing Manager, Cody, showed me around.
Rooms have been fully refurbished in a modern style and the first phase includes rooms with individual balconies overlooking the pool and hammocks. A Polynesian themed restaurant will serve food around the pool area and will be open to the general public from 5pm daily. Once completed there will be one hundred and fifty rooms available.
The hotel expects to serve a market of "sophisticated youthful visitors in their thirties" something akin to The Ace Hotel down the street and will be available for a variety of functions and events.
V Palm Springs
333 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
For more information, visit the V Palm Springs website.
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