Benoit to Speak at Groundbreaking of Mecca Fire Station
MECCA – Supervisor John J. Benoit will join county officials and community leaders at the groundbreaking of Mecca Fire Station #40 at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 20. The latest stage of the Mecca Downtown Revitalization Plan, the fire station will be located at 91-350 66th Ave. A taco lunch will be served following the ceremony.
“This new fire station adds features that will reduce response time and facility energy costs while improving public safety in Mecca,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Its completion will be another achievement in the county’s $57 million investment to bring a new look to downtown Mecca.”
The 12,411-square-foot facility will replace the 3,058-square-foot station, built in 1952, located at 91-100 4th St. The station will include three brand-new bays and an eight-bed dormitory. Its compact design will help reduce response times. Photovoltaic panels installed on carports will reduce facility energy costs. The station also features drive-through capability for fire equipment, eliminating the need to stop traffic so large equipment can back into the bay.
Funded by an estimated $5.1 million from redevelopment and capital improvement funds, the new Mecca Fire Station is expected to be completed in January 2012.
The Mecca Fire Station will be the fifth major improvement to take shape since the Redevelopment Agency approved the Mecca Downtown Revitalization Plan in January 2006.
Since 2008, the Community Library and Riverside County Sheriff’s Station and the Mecca Family Service Center and Community Health Clinic have opened. Last April, construction began on the Mecca Boys & Girls Clubhouse, expected to open in April 2011. The county is undergoing the second of the five-phase, $22 million Downtown Street Revitalization Project to construct approximately seven miles of street, sidewalk, curb and gutter, and street light improvements for fifteen streets within the 1.3 square-mile downtown area.
Considering future projects such as a new Post Office and senior center, Riverside County has invested $57 million to increase access to public services and revitalize Mecca’s downtown.