Arrive and Copa Room, moving forward

A sketch of the entrance of Arrive Palm Springs, a new boutique hotel planned for Palm Springs. Courtesy Photo.

PALM SPRINGS — The new Arrive Palm Springs hotel, and a cocktail lounge next door to Tropicale sailed to easy approval by the Palm Springs Planning Commission on Wednesday.

The Arrive, a 32-room boutique hotel with a contemporary vibe, plans to break ground on North Palm Canyon Drive when the project gets the green light from Southern California Eddison, said Chris Pardow, the hotel’s architect and one of the partners in the project.

“We are waiting on Edison to approve the under-grounding of the power lines,” Pardo wrote in an email following the planning commission meeting. “We plan on starting the day we receive that approval.”

Construction is expected to move quickly with the hotel opening some time mid-summer.

And developers for The Copa Room, a new cocktail lounge and nightclub, also received approval for their renovation of a vacant building next to The Tropicale, the popular restaurant on East Amado Road across the street from the main post office.

It’s a 6,000-square-foot space, which will get a new look with a paint scheme closely matching Tropicale. (Both will be operated by the same team of partners.) Also expect to see some new landscaping and parking.

And incidentally, parking seemed to be what was most on the minds of the commissioners, who wandered if the 15 additional spaces being developed would be enough, given the hefty business Tropicale has attracted in its five years.

The Copa Room would generally attract a later crowd than Tropicale, said Tony DiLembo, one of the development’s partners, freeing up spaces. Also, valet parking could squeeze cars closer than self-parking, he added.

Though admittedly, the area has lots of evening parking, given the street spots, post office and sizable lot across the street from the Spa Resort Casino.

“This project is a really good example of taking older building and bringing it back to life,” said Doug Hudson, a planning commissioner.