Senior officers of the City of Palm Springs have also made enquiries. The Director of Planning says he was told by Davidson Communities that "Southern California Gas have issued a stop work order" for some issue related to a gas main. The City Manager says that he has been told "there is a problem related to the County". One or both of these stories may be true but they may also have as much relevance to the stoppage as the estimate given by Davidson Communities' representative who in early 2015 told the public meeting held before work started that the buildings would be erected "in about three months" from the start of work on-site.
We have reason to believe that in fact Davidson and their financial backers are parting ways and that negotiations are underway to replace them with a new developer and that that is the fundamental reason why work has stopped on the project. Davidison Communities were asked some days ago and then again today for comment and today issued the following statement:
"Davidson Communities is currently completing horizontal improvements including bringing gas, electricity, water and sewer to the site. Davidson Communities is also completing surface improvements including curbs, gutters and payment. Beyond that, the status of Davidson Communities' involvement is under discussion."
Bill Davidson President Davidson Communities
In the meantime local residents are left with a neglected site, with no dust abatement measures in effect, with no signage provided for a contact to whom to report dust and no information about when structures might finally start to be erected on the site.