Dolce Palm Springs project moves on to next step

The Dolce Hotel project in Palm Springs, Calif., chastised by neighbors, is now heading to the Palm Springs City Council for approval after getting a green light from the planning commission. The 200-room hotel and 50-unit condo complex is planned for across the street from the Palm Springs Convention Center, My Desert reports. 

But the plan has drawn, due in part to minimizing mountain views for residents of Center Court, a 20-unit condo complex next door to the site. A design modification has now been unveiled to better preserve these views.

Some of the modifications include shortening the length of the building by 70 feet, reducing the height of the proposed condo section from 50 feet to 40 feet and placing the vast majority of the parking below grade beneath the hotel.

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“We’ve tried to be as responsive as we can without seriously financially impacting our ability to proceed forward with the project,” Laurie Kibby, the project’s developer told the commission. “We think that we’ve made some good changes. We don’t think that our massing is out of scale with what was there before. And our setbacks, heights and unit-counts have all been improved.”

Residents still have concerns about noise, dust and other disruptions the project’s 14-month construction period will bring, as well as how well the hotel will mitigate issues like traffic or noise once it’s up and running.

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