Supervisor Benoit To Speak At Groundbreaking Of New Thermal Fire Station
Supervisor John J. Benoit will join county officials and community leaders at the groundbreaking of Thermal Fire Station #39 in a ceremony to be held on Thursday, April 15 at 10:00 AM. The site is located in Thermal, just off of Polk Street where the proposed “58th Street” road will soon be built.
“In addition to better serving Thermal residents, this new station creates the framework for future growth,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “The new road to the runway will serve future larger hangars at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, a potential Eastern Coachella Valley center for manufacturing and foreign trade. The new road, water, sewer, and electrical lines created for this project will act as catalysts for further development in the Thermal area.”
Thermal Fire Station #39, built in the 1950s, is presently located at 56-925 Vic Higgins Street. The new 8,900 square-foot facility will include three brand new bays and seven individual rooms for boarding and serve the expanding Thermal area and growing Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport. The station will also lend itself to further expansion if needed, with the capability to house a “crash truck” for the neighboring airport. As part of the project, a local access road to the airport will also be created with the addition of 58th Street coming off of Polk Street.
The new Thermal Fire Station is expected to be completed in early summer 2011. The total project will cost an estimated $4.2 million with $3 million from the Development Impact Fees (DIF) – Fire Facilities Fund and just over $1.1 million from Riverside County Redevelopment Funds.