In two to three years, when Desert AIDS Project’s $35 million campus expansion is completed, it will have the capacity to serve 10,000 patients who are underinsured and/or low-income. That’s more than double its current client list.
D.A.P.’s growth plan includes acquiring additional property adjacent to its campus along north Sunrise Way in Palm Springs. It will convert a neighboring Riverside County building it’s buying into mostly medical clinic space. And in December 2016, D.A.P. bought a vacant parcel of land near the county building; new housing will be constructed there.
The new housing goal is to construct 60 one- and two-bedroom units. These will be in addition to Vista Sunrise, a complex of 80 studios and one-bedroom units that already exist on the west end of campus. There’s a two-and-a-half-year waiting list to get into Vista Sunrise. D.A.P. also has 100 units at Casa Miguel in Cathedral City. Occupancy is available to applicants based on a sliding-fee or income-qualified basis. Reflecting D.A.P.’s philosophy that housing is part of health care, it also provides financial assistance with rent and mortgages to qualified clients.
Other new construction will include a 17,000-square-foot pavilion to connect the main buildings. To give the entire campus a cohesive look, the exteriors of existing structures will be given a sleek modern finish.
The architectural firm re-configuring the campus is Palm Springs-based Interactive Design Corporation, with lead architect Maria Song, AIA, directing the project.
Editor’s note: Expansion plans are subject to change.