Dynamic development and fresh ideas continue to propel Palm Desert as the City’s plans for a reimagined and revitalized downtown move from inspiration to construction. The heart of these exciting changes and of Palm Desert’s new downtown is San Pablo Avenue. The City is transforming the centrally located thoroughfare into a more active and inviting connection between El Paseo, Highway 111, CV Link, College of the Desert, and the Palm Desert Civic Center.
Planned improvements include expanded sidewalks where area businesses can offer street side dining and outdoor merchandise displays. The goal is to make San Pablo a business, pedestrian, and bicycle friendly destination for commerce, community, and special events.
Palm Desert’s recently updated General Plan opens the door to multi-story and mixed useprojects that will help the City realize the “Envision Palm Desert” strategic plan vision of a vibrant downtown.
A perfect example is the development of a mixed use three story complex which includes 14,000 square feet of ground level specialty retail and restaurant space topped by 60 residences.
Scheduled to open in 2022, is the new DSRT SURF at Palm Desert, which will give surfing enthusiasts a year round opportunity to catch and ride their perfect wave in a climate that enjoys over 350 days of sunshine. DSRT SURFat Palm Desert is a refreshingly unique project that is poised to become a must-see Southern California attraction.
These projects represent a new type of smart development in Palm Desert that City planners are working to facilitate throughout the downtown core.
In addition to the more that 1,000 housing units that are being developed under Palm Desert’s University Neighborhood Specific Plan, the City is working to create an IHUB to complement the the technology programs and courses offered at the neighboring Cal State campus.
These are only a few of many exciting projects underway in Palm Desert.
Abridged from Palm Springs Life