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Palm Springs Chamber hosts going away party for Desert Fashion Plaza tonight

PALM SPRINGS - The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce will host a  "Goodbye to Desert Fashion Plaza" event today before the shopping center is  demolished to make way for redevelopment.
      The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the mall; guests can enter through  the next-door Hyatt Regency, 285 N. Palm Canyon Drive.
      Attendees will be able to peek into the mall for the last time and enjoy  a dueling piano show, appetizers and a cash bar, according to the Palm  Springs Chamber of Commerce.
       As part of the Palm Springs Downtown Revitalization Plan, the long- vacant mall will make way for a pedestrian-friendly "urban village,"  including retail, entertainment and public spaces.
      In November 2011, Measure J was approved by voters to fund public  infrastructure improvements and bankroll a $43 million investment in the  project. The measure raised the city's sales tax from 7.75 percent to 8.75  percent.
      Tickets to the chamber event are $25 and available at  or by calling (760) 325-1577.

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