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An American Airlines flight takes off Palm Springs International Airport, November 19, 2019. (Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)

More improvements are coming to the Palm Springs International Airport.

On Thursday, the Palm Springs City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the airport concession lease agreement and concept designs related to a demonstration garden and future turf conversion projects.

An extension of the concessions agreement with Paradies Shops, which has operated at the airport since 1999, will be in effect through April 2023, according to the city.

It will include a $512,000 investment from Paradies to improve food and bar spaces with proposed concepts such as Santa Rosa Kitchen and Spirits, PSP Coffee House and The Wine Bar at PSP in lieu of the 12th Fairway, Starbucks and California Vintage. 

Approving the amendment will allow Paradies to begin working on design plans, acquiring equipment and hiring staff in hopes of opening some locations by mid-November, according to a staff report. 

The deal with Paradies comes as more airlines announce flights to and from Palm Springs. On Thursday, Southwest Airlines announced it will begin flying out of Palm Springs on Nov. 15 to Phoenix, Oakland and Denver.

“I think it’s important that when people come into our airport, they have a good experience so they’ll want to return,” Councilman Dennis Woods said. “Part of that experience is having vendors available for food and drink as they pass through, especially if they’ve been on a long flight.”

The agreement also comes several months after HMS Host, which used to manage food and beverage sales at the airport, terminated its operations there effective July 31. 

“HMS’s termination of operations eliminated food service, bar service, and the two licensed Starbucks operations at PSP,” a staff report stated. 

In addition to concessions, the

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Topeka business leaders back Docking building renovation – Business – The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Greater Topeka Partnership, which includes Downtown Topeka, Inc. and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, are in support of renovating of the Docking Building, the state said at a committee hearing Wednesday.

DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Secretary of Administration, said she has been in talks with local business leaders, who are now in full support for the renovation.

Curtis Sneden, president of the Chamber of Commerce, confirmed such.

“We are supportive of a plan that will return the Docking State Office Building to its proper place as an important facet of downtown,” he said.

The Docking State Office Building, a 62-year-old 12-story high-rise adjacent to the Capitol, had long been neglected and plagued with issues. Former Gov. Sam Brownback had pushed to tear down the building, which was ultimately rejected.

Now, the next state legislature will be considering four proposed options in renovating the building. The one path the state administration backs is a complete renovation of the entire building in addition to implementing a Kansas Department of Health and Environment lab.

The other options are without the lab, or stripping everything but the first three floors and adding three floors with or without the lab. Renovation could cost up to around $154,556,000, per estimates.

Burns-Wallace told legislators that the administration’s hope is to have the building house one or two of the bigger state agencies, along with KDHE.

She also brought up the possibility of having some conference space, which could be divided into smaller rooms or simply serve as a large hall.

Whatever proposal lawmakers approve, the Partnership will support, said Sneden.

“While we are not wedded to any particular outcome, some of what we’ve seen is exciting, because it would be new types of activities on that corner,” he said. “Maybe it would be a type of outdoor

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Renovation of west Louisville’s Academy @ Shawnee has been long overdue, JCPS leaders say

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — By the end of next summer, the third floor of the Academy @ Shawnee should be back open to students and staff at the west Louisville school.

JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio’s comments at the Academy @ Shawnee

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The expected reopening date ahead of the 2021-22 school year will mark 40 years since the third floor was condemned because of structural issues.

And it will coincide with the completion of a roughly $40 million renovation of the magnet middle and high school that has also featured improvements to Shawnee’s library, auditorium, gym, classrooms, natatorium, hallways and other areas.



a person holding a microphone: Shawnee principal Kym Rice spoke of the work beind done as part of a $40 million dollar renovation of the Academy @ Shawnee during a press conference Thursday morning. Oct. 6, 2020


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Shawnee principal Kym Rice spoke of the work beind done as part of a $40 million dollar renovation of the Academy @ Shawnee during a press conference Thursday morning. Oct. 6, 2020

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The looming completion of that work on the school at 4001 Herman St., which dates back to 1929, may seem to mark the closing of another chapter in its history.

But Kym Rice, the Academy @ Shawnee’s principal, views it differently.

“This is just the beginning of what the Academy @ Shawnee will look like,” Rice said Tuesday while standing in the new library space. “… I really cannot wait for our students, our staff and our families to come back to our building and see all the changes we made.”

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Rice and other Jefferson County Public Schools officials led reporters Tuesday morning through a hard-hat tour of the school, which buzzed with the sounds of construction as it otherwise remains closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. John Niehoff, a JCPS architect

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Ex-Zillow leaders including Spencer Rascoff launch startup to change how people buy second homes

Former Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff (left) and dotloop founder Austin Allison are teaming up on Pacaso, a new startup that helps people buy second homes. (Pacaso Photos)

Former longtime Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff and dotloop founder Austin Allison are teaming up to “democratize” second home ownership.

Rascoff and Allison, who sold his real estate startup to Zillow in 2015, are behind a new startup called Pacaso that aims to make it easier for more people to own a vacation home.

“This is an entirely new category of second home ownership,” Allison said in an interview with GeekWire on Wednesday.

The company came out of stealth mode today, announcing a $17 million seed round led by Maveron, with participation from Crosscut, Global Founders Capital, and individual investors such as former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, real estate coach Tom Ferry, former Zillow executive Greg Schwartz, and Amazon CEO of Consumer Worldwide Jeff Wilke. Pacaso also raised $250 million in debt financing to purchase homes.

People have owned second homes for decades. But it can be expensive to purchase and maintain a property that often goes mostly unused throughout the year. There are 30 million second homes across the U.S. and Europe, but they are only occupied 4-to-6 weeks per year on average, Allison said.

Some decide to split up ownership between multiple parties, but the process can be arduous and complicated, especially when an owner decides to sell his or her stake.

“Pacaso is taking all of those hassles associated with the traditional do-it-yourself process, and all of those risks, and eliminating them,” Allison said.

Pacaso wants to increase utilization of these properties — and build its own business in the process.

The startup partners with real estate agents to find homes for customers and helps set up an LLC designed

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Hillsborough leaders want input on $13.8 million improvements to West Shore Boulevard

The proposed project is part of a local and state effort to improve pedestrian safety and bring new business to the area.

TAMPA, Fla. — Leaders in Hillsborough County want the public’s input on a new $13.8 million project to transform Tampa’s West Shore Boulevard.

The expansive proposed improvements will include more sidewalk space, pedestrian and bike paths, improved landscaping and more.

The county is asking for feedback on the project, spanning from W. Kennedy Boulevard to W. Boy Scout Boulevard, as part of upgraded safety changes to add new business to the area.

You can let leaders know online through a virtual public forum between Sept. 30 and Oct. 15.

The proposed project will establish West Shore Boulevard as a Grand Boulevard consistent with the West Shore community’s vision, including shade trees, wider sidewalks, pedestrian lighting, amenities and streetscaping that, along with property redevelopment, will ultimately transform the corridor into a dynamic urban street.

The proposed project would accommodate shaded walking areas for pedestrians and bicycles, including key Vision Zero elements such as enhanced safety and circulation features along the corridor for pedestrian, bicycle and ADA access and use. 

It would also offer social space in front of Westshore’s businesses and create aesthetic value. The project is a collaborative effort among Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa, Westshore Alliance, and FDOT.

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In place of in-person public meetings, which have been suspended due to COVID-19, the county will conduct a virtual engagement to collect feedback from the public. 

Participants will have the opportunity to watch a project overview video, review project details, and offer comments online via The Hillsborough County Engagement Hub starting Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Public comment for this project

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