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Welcome to Vision Agua Caliente – your official source of information for news and updates on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians economic investments and projects.
The Tribe took the first step to what will become an exciting new venture for downtown Palm Springs, marking the end of one era only to launch the beginning of a new vision for downtown Palm Springs when it closed the Spa Resort Hotel on July 8, 2014. The Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs remains open.
The Tribe is working to take the necessary steps to preserve the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring – a key landmark in downtown – and is in the planning stages to create a vision to rejuvenate the property around it.
"It's the place where it all began - the site of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring - and for which our Tribe and the City of Palm Springs were named," Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said. "It's been more than 50 years since we've made significant investments in and around this valued cultural resource. They are long overdue. And, the time is now."
In November 2014, the Tribe began working with JCJ Architects of San Diego to create a master plan for the downtown Palm Springs site. JCJ Architecture is a 78-year-old private firm that creates comprehensive master plans for development that respond to the natural environment, local context, culture and short and long term goals of their clients. The firm utilizes its deep experience in design for Native American Tribal Nations and in the hospitality industry to guide a collaborative process that will respond to the Agua Caliente's progressive vision for this unique site.
The Tribe has spent several months removing buildings from the site with the goal of recycling more than 80 percent of the building material.
The Tribe's vision is to continue to invest in its downtown locations and make this site a major anchor for the future of Palm Springs. With the local economy showing signs of recovery, the Tribe is confident that this location will continue to be a cornerstone for Palm Springs visitors for decades to come.
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is known for its deep connections to Palm Springs and areas throughout the Coachella Valley. The Tribe is interwoven in the community and invests in the future of the Coachella Valley through its philanthropic endeavors. "We have a responsibility to respect our environment and play a leadership role in the future of Palm Springs," Chairman Grubbe said. "We are working to make a positive and lasting difference in our community."
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has completed a Draft Tribal Environmental Impact Report addressing the potential environmental effect of the proposed Vision Agua Caliente Master Plan for an area in downtown Palm Springs. The Tribe will accept written comment on the draft TEIR until March 13, 2017. The Draft TEIR is available on the Tribe's website at http://www.aguacaliente.org/content/vision/.