Tear it Down for a New Downtown
Mayor Steve Pougnet's State of the City Address
PALM SPRINGS--As Palm Springs continues it's historic transformation, Mayor Steve Pougnet delivered his annual State of the City Address.
The second phase of demolition got under way Thursday in downtown Palm Springs. The much anticipated and at times controversial plan to re-vamp the city center is at the forefront of Mayor Steve Pougnet's plans for 2013, plans he outlined at the State of the City Address.
Say goodbye to the desert fashion plaza. Round two of demolition is officially underway.
"To start really the next phase of demolition of the old Fashion Plaza as mayor is just an incredibly exciting day, couldn't be happier," Mayor Steve Pougnet said.
The crowd presents a standing ovation for the mayor at his State of the City Address. The Fashion Plaza, city finances, and economic development took center stage. Residents are relieved to finally see movement on the project.
"To see how its been all these years, empty, and now something is finally going to be done to revitalize downtown. It's amazing. I'm glad. It's about time," Palm Springs resident Monte George said.
Pictures of the newly re-designed Palomar Hotel dazzled the crowd. Developer John Wessman saying the old design simply didn't fit with the rest of the plan.
"So we went out and got some new eyes on it and we think it turned out really well," Developer John Wessman said.
Tear it down for a new downtown. It's this years city slogan and pretty much sums up the mayors plans for the coming year.
"The tearing down of this old mall and starting to see new construction come up from this demolition site absolutely, number one thing," Mayor Pougnet said.
Mayor Pougnet also says the cities finances remain in the black and construction on the Downtown Fashion Plaza is moving along on schedule.