On Thursday, December 4 at the Desert Willow Resort the Raimi/Sargent team led a second public workshop to present and receive community input on a range of design concepts for Palm Desert's 111 Corridor.

 Following the successful initial workshop in early October, the STP team had worked rapidly to devise and illustrate the urban design framework to transform the 111 Corridor from an old highway strip to a multi-way boulevard to expand the existing El Paseo shopping district into a larger City Center District, linking it to the existing Civic Center to the north on San Pablo Avenue.  The assembled group of residents, business and property owners and community leaders received these recommendations enthusastically, and through large group and small group discussion offered a great deal of creative input. A third workshop is scheduled for March.

In a public workshop hosted by the Desert Willow Golf Resort, the Raimi/Sargent team presented initial planning concepts and suggestions for the 111 Corridor to a gathering of over 50 residents, business owners, property owners and community leaders.

The 111 Corridor is the historic "main drag" of Palm Desert, adjacent to their renowned El Paseo retail main street, which as developed a reputation as "the Rodeo Drive of the Desert", but 111 remains a somewhat ragged highway strip cutting through town.  

The purpose of the workshop was to offer some suggestions of how Highway 111 might be repositioned as Boulevard 111 that extends the high quality pedstrian/shopping environment of El Paseo, becoming part of the City center rather than a "downtown bypass".  Through extensive discussion in small groups participants provided a great deal of creative input, very supportive of the direction the team was heading. Following the workshop the Sargent design team will work rapidly to prepare a series of design concepts and alternatives that will be presented in a second public workshop in early December.