Why isn’t the rideshare pickup shaded at the Palm Springs airport?

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Q: Why is there no shade for passenger pick-up at the carpool pick-up point at the airport? It is very hot while waiting for a ride or when it rains.

—Ted Kelly

A: Daniel Meier, assistant manager of aviation, marketing and air services at Palm Springs International Airport, said this is something the airport is working on.

“We’ve wanted to install shade structures in waiting areas for taxis and transport networks for some time,” he said. “However, due to the historic monument status of the terminal, there are regulations that we must take into account, such as the preservation of the facade and the view of the terminal.”

He said the airport plans to start exploring options soon for what could be installed in the future.

“For now, during times of bad weather or high temperatures, passengers can wait in the baggage claim area across the road from the taxi rank, or in the ticket hall – just across from the TNC waiting area – for their Uber or Lyft,” he added.

— Niki Kottmann, editor-in-chief

North of Dillon Road on Little Morongo Road and 16th Avenue is a collection of tall windowless rectangular and square buildings. Do you know what these buildings are for? There is no signage.

—Martin Bonafede

These buildings are the location of a cannabis business park, said Doria Wilms, deputy city manager of Desert Hot Springs. She said there are several different businesses present in the park, offering services such as cultivation, manufacturing and distribution.

However, there are no retail cannabis stores in the lot, Wilms added.

– Ani Gasparyan, local government reporter

The site of a storm sewer improvement project led by Riverside County Flood Control in cooperation with the City of Palm Springs is seen along the 111 freeway in Palm Springs, Calif., Friday, August 12, 2022.

What is the plan of the huge drainage culverts installed by Vons on Route 111? Will it connect to Araby Wash? Does it flow upstream from Vons? Will it go ahead of BMW and the other dealerships?

—Robby

This is a flood control storm sewer improvement project run by Riverside County Flood Control under a cooperative agreement with Palm Springs.

The deal was approved by the Palm Springs City Council in January 2021, City Engineer Joel Montalvo said.

Completion of the project is expected around summer 2023, said engineering project manager Simon Tse.

The project includes the installation of 4,900 linear feet of underground gutters.

Improvements to what is known as “Line 41” will provide flood protection for parts of the city and remove some communities from the FEMA floodplain, eliminating the need for flood insurance, David Ready, then city manager, told council members. in a January 14, 2021 staff report to council outlining the project.

As part of the improvements, portions of Matthew Drive and Cherokee Way will also be repaved. The city-county agreement for this project also set aside undevelopable land for the conservation of habitat for the federally endangered Casey’s beetle.

—Sherry Barkas

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