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Multiple construction projects catch attention of residents

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A former gas station at 1100 S. Palm Canyon Dr., seen in both its current state and an artist’s rendering, is undergoing remodeling.The Palm Springs Post

Fans of a major brand’s coffee beverages are about to have their drive-through options doubled. Two new Starbucks stores, complete with drive-throughs, are under construction in Palm Springs.

One store, in the Sunrise Square shopping center at North Sunrise Way and East Vista Chino, is currently going through the approval process for signage in anticipation of opening later this year. Aside from a 2,200-square-foot Starbucks, the new building, when complete, will also offer 1,200 square feet for another business that is yet to be determined.

The other store, in the Destination Ramon shopping center at Ramon Road and San Luis Rey Drive, is one of two buildings being constructed on the site of a former Office Depot. Aside from the Starbucks, a Raising Cane’s is also under construction at the site. Raising Cane’s specializes in chicken tenders. It opened a location on September 1 in Beaumont.

When fully operational, the new Starbucks stores will join two others with drive-throughs in the city. Those are located at 425 S. Sunrise Way and 682 S. Palm Canyon Dr. A third stand-alone store, a Starbucks Reserve, is located at the intersection of Tahquitz Canyon Way and Palm Canyon Drive. The franchise’s beverages are also offered inside multiple city grocery stores.
Two new Starbucks drive-throughs are under construction in Palm Springs.The Palm Springs Post

Another construction project catching the attention of residents is in South Palm Springs. A new owner is repairing and remodeling a former gas station and other buildings at 1100 S. Palm Canyon Dr. that at one time were headed for demolition.

Historical records indicate the site housed a gas station as far back as 1942. Another building on the property at one time was used as a temporary branch library that was shared with the Palm Springs Historical Society. The person most associated with the site, Floyd Bigley, was a longtime operator and owner of several automobile service stations in Palm Springs, who also served on the City Council in the 1940s. At one time, he lived in an adjacent home.

A fire that broke out behind the service station in the early 2000s severely damaged the home and it has not been occupied since. In 2019, the former owner of the property asked to demolish all buildings on the property and city staff approved. Instead, the property was sold in April 2020 for $865,000.

An application for the current work does not list any future tenant and describes the project only as “Palm Springs Storage.”

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