Two new Palm Springs hotel projects moved closer to reality this week.
Despite more than a little controversy, the Palm Springs City Council again approved plans for the Virgin Hotel, putting aside objections about the continued involvement of John Wessman, a developer accused of paying bribes to former Mayor Steve Pougnet.
The city’s Transparency Task Force had asked the council to delay a final vote until next year, when a new council will be seated, but the council members voted 3-to-2 to give final approval to the project. Wessman and two others are accused of paying the former mayor about $375,000 between September 2012 and November 2013.
Dream come true?
Meanwhile, ground was broken Tuesday on The Dream Hotel, a resort and residential project to be located just north of the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Located on the corner of Amado Road and Calle Alvarado, the 169-room hotel pairs executive architect Oswaldo D. Lopez with Hirsch Bender Associates (HBA) for design and is expected to open with 30 private residences, multiple experiential dining and nightlife venues and more than 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space in late 2019.
The development has received rave reviews for its attractive design from city officials and even from many who initially objected to it.
“This is a world class resort in a world class city,” councilman Geoff Kors said at the ground-breaking ceremony, according to a Desert Sun report.