The Arrive Hotel is still a go in Palm Springs, say its developers, who plan to break ground in September and be operational in early 2014.
If you recall, the Arrive is the 32-room hotel planned for North Palm Canyon Drive near Vista Chino Drive. It was supposed to open in July, but has yet to break ground due to utility impediments.
For one, Southern California Edison needs to engineer and approve a workable plan to place overhead power lines currently above the site underground, said Chris Pardo, the project’s architect. That process has been seven months and counting. And more recently, the developers had to work through the relocation of a Desert Water Agency easement.
“There were old White Water lines running through the property,” Pardo explained in a mid-July email. “We have reached agreement with DWA as of last week.”
When it eventually happens, Arrive — a development partially led by Ezra Callahan, one of the earlier employees of Facebook — will mark one of the first new boutique hotel properties to come to Palm Springs, from the ground up. A number of the city’s well-known boutiques were renovation jobs of older properties — and should be commended for their reuse. However, Arrive adds hotel rooms, a restaurant and retail space to the already up-and-coming Uptown Design District.
The project with its smart and modern design seemed to sail somewhat jubilantly through the city’s planning approval process, capturing adoring nods from a city with no shortage of architectural and design sensibility — or at least no shortage of breathless critique.
“I want to say this is a beautiful project,” said J.R. Roberts, a member of the Palm Springs Planning Commission back in October 2012 when the hotel project was approved. “And it’s one of the nicest things I’ve seen come across this desk since I’ve been sitting here.”