California Tribe Unveils Final Design - Thursday 20th of April 2006

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the California Press-Enterprise: "The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Monday unveiled its final design for a 16-story hotel near Rancho Mirage, amid continued negotiation with city and county officials.

"In 18 months, the tribe expects its high-rise hotel will emerge from the Coachella Valley's desert landscape along Interstate 10 and join two other tribal-owned resorts along the freeway stretch.

"The tribe hired Orlando-based VOA Associates Inc. to design the 344-room hotel. At Monday's groundbreaking, VOA representative Jonathan Douglas said the firm moved the $185 million hotel's location to lower ground to address complaints about the building's proposed height.

"…Richard Milanovich, chairman of the Agua Caliente tribe, said the tribe needs the hotel to remain competitive with the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians who, respectively, built the 12-story, 250-room Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino and 26-story, 300-room Morongo Resort Casino along Interstate 10.

"The $185 million hotel won't include condominiums and will be managed by the tribe instead of a hotel operator such as Marriott or Starwood…."

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