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I thought others would be interested in construction and development going on in Palm Springs. Please post anything of interest. It's nice to know what's going on and what isn't. It's not pretty but it's a start!

Old bank in downtown Palm Springs being transfomed into possible Panera Bread, bars
Stefanie Frith The Desert Sun April 2, 2008
PALM SPRINGS - New restaurants, bars and an upscale grocery store could come to downtown Palm Springs.

It's not a definite, but Sperry Van Ness is talking to bakery cafe Panera Bread about opening inside a former bank building that is being refurbished in downtown, the company's senior vice president, Char Sharp, said Tuesday at the Main Street Palm Springs meeting.
The former bank building is at the northeast corner of Baristo Road and Palm Canyon Drive, next to the Village Pub and across the street from Wessman Development Co.
"It would be nice to see something permanent there, something useful," said Vincent Puccio, who owns Avalon Bay and Don Vincent across the street.
The two-story brick, glass and wood building has been empty for about nine years, Sharp said. It would be opened on each side to accommodate outdoor patio seating, Sharp said.
"It will be something more trendy," Sharp said.
Panera Bread, which has more than 1,150 stores nationwide and opened recently in La Quinta, is being considered as a tenant, Sharp said.
The nearly 20,000-square-foot former bank will be converted to also add a pub and possible martini bar, as well as a restaurant for something like Panera Bread or an Earth Cafe, Sharp said.
A small grocer, possibly a Jensen's, could also be added, she said. On the second floor would be space for two offices.
Letters of intent should be signed in the next two months, with leases signed after that, Sharp said. The entire project would be finished by the end of the year.
People who attended the Main Street merchants' association meeting Tuesday were excited and wondered about the former bank's vault.
"It's for bad boys who drink too much at the martini bar," Sharp quipped.

PSFan wrote:
What a great redo on this building. It seems very feasible and will really boost this end of downtown. If they can land a Cosi or Panera as well as fun tapas Martini bar this project will be great and adding in a small grocery like a Fresh and Easy, the british import small food market , would complete a stellar project. It looks as if this one has been really thought through
4/3/2008 5:16:25 PM

Here are some decisions made at the Palm Springs Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday:

Ace Hotel to replace Howard Johnson
The Ace Hotel was approved by the Palm Springs Planning Commission Wednesday. The commission voted 6-0 for the hotel at 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive.
The hotel would replace the former Howard Johnson and Denny's restaurant. It would have 190 rooms.
Ace Hotels also are in Oregon, with another planned in New York.
Contempo Homes given 1-year extension
It will be another year before a Contempo Homes project gets off the ground.
The Palm Springs Planning Commission voted 5-1 Wednesday, with Chairwoman Dianne Marantz abstaining, to approve a one-year time extension for an 11.42-acre project at Verona Road near Whitewater Club Drive that would have 39 homes.
10-home project can wait another year
A Contempo Home project at Via Escuela near Gene Autry Trail will be extended by another year.
The project would have 10 homes on 3.42 acres. The Palm Springs Planning Commission voted 5-1 Wednesday with Chairwoman Dianne

skyvalleyman wrote: comment on Port Lawrence status or what's going on at Mesquite and Palm Canyon??
4/1/2008 8:06:43 AM
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