One step forward for downtown condo project

While the city will likely start issuing permits for the project now, there was no timeline discussed for breaking ground.

Revisions to the plans for a six-story, 45-unit condominium project in Downtown Palm Springs were unanimously approved by a city committee Tuesday evening, further paving the way for its construction.

Driving the news: The Architectural Review Committee was asked to look over minor revisions to the project before building permits were issued. It did so Tuesday evening, with very few questions for the applicants.

  • The Palm Springs City Council gave approval for the project in January 2021. It’s one of the last last remaining pieces to the puzzle in a reimagined downtown core that replaced an indoor shopping mall that began to decline in the 1990s.
  • The building site at the northeast corner corner of Belardo Road and Museum Way is currently occupied by a makeshift graffiti park. At one time it was destined to contain a Virgin Hotel. That project was abandoned at the start of the pandemic in favor of residential development.

Zoom in: Among the changes approved Tuesday evening were the addition of windows on the east side of the building, a new courtyard layout, and changes to the materials used for balcony railings.

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What they’re saying: Architect Michael Katsibas said his firm paid particular attention to the revised courtyard, creating a space with more utility often desired by residents who work from home.  

  • “Being able to activate and use the courtyard as more than a path that you walk through, we really wanted to bring some of the amenity space into the courtyard,” he said. “That brings home working space there.”

Next up: While the city will likely start issuing permits for the project now, there was no timeline discussed for breaking ground.

Dive deeper with the staff report.


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