60 Years of Real Estate Development & Investing

We pride ourselves on creating storytelling experiences consumers demand today and will in the future. 

Grit Development, formerly known as Wessman Development, evolved to reflect the company’s new management following John Wessman’s formal retirement in February 2017.  Michael Braun and Octavio Fernandez serve as the key leaders managing the Palm Springs downtown project and company’s future endeavors. Tom Noce recently joined Grit Development as the chief financial officer.

We pride ourselves on creating storytelling experiences consumers demand today and will in the future.  Through our “future-proof” philosophy, we deliver unique destinations where online and offline experiences intersect.

Our Palm Springs downtown project offers instagrammable hot spots from the three-story high “Forever Marilyn” statue on the grassy knoll to the city’s first-ever rooftop bar and pool at the Kimpton Rowan Hotel. Consumers can also shop top, eclectic brands while enjoying unforgettable dining experiences with beautiful scenery and views few can match.   

The downtown project is just one of many we’ve developed to “future proof” Palm Springs. This unique, unparalleled destination promises to deliver consumer enjoyment, community benefits and partner prosperity for decades to come.