Desert Fashion Plaza to be demolished soon

Wessman Development awaiting approval from Architectural Committee

The Desert Fashion Plaza is scheduled to be demolished in February of 2013 (Richard Lui/The Desert Sun)

 

by Breanna Harry
Staff Reporter

For months now the Desert Fashion Plaza, in Downtown Palm Springs, has been awaiting plans for a luxurious remodel. According to Wessman Development, the plans are complete and are awaiting approval from the Palm Springs Architectural Advisory Committee.

Wessman and company will be waiting a while for the committee to make a decision, because they, along with local residents and business owners, have disagreements with the proposed plan. The main concern is that many residents feel that the proposed hotel would be too tall at 90 feet. Local resident Joan Martin asked the commission to keep the hotel at the allowable 60 feet “to keep the charm and save the view.” Frank Tysen, owner of Casa Cody Country Inn, shared his distaste with the Desert Sun for the modern look of the buildings. “This is like dropping L.A. Live in the middle of Palm Springs. I’m shocked,” he said. The Architectural Advisory Committee holds all the power at this point.

Wessman Development plans for demolition of the Desert Fashion Plaza to begin in February of 2013, and construction to begin months later at the end of September if everything is approved as planned. The building that houses AT&T and California Pizza Kitchen will remain until June or July, but demolition on the rest of the building could begin as early as February and take about tw0 years to complete.

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