County, CVA to Partner on Detention Center Location Study
PALM SPRINGS – Riverside County and the Palm Springs Desert Resort Communities Convention and Visitors Authority (CVA) will partner on commissioning a destination impact study on the proposed location of the Riverside County Regional Detention Center.
“I am very proud and pleased by the county’s partnership with the CVA and I appreciate their willingness to work together on this,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Absent an objective economic study, it is difficult to ascertain the actual impact to tourism in the Coachella Valley if this detention center is built in the San Gorgonio Pass. I am glad that this work will help determine the project’s true impact.”
“On behalf of our hospitality industry, we truly appreciate the opportunity to partner with Riverside County and Supervisor Benoit on conducting an in-depth analysis on the location of the detention center,” said Kathleen DeRosa, Mayor of Cathedral City and Chair of the CVA’s Joint Powers Authority Executive Committee (JPA). “The CVA Executive Committee completely supports a new detention center and wants everyone to have access to all data required to make the right decision for our community.
“Tourism is a billion dollar industry and the largest employer in the Coachella Valley. We want to ensure this important economic engine is not negatively impacted,” DeRosa said.
The 200-acre Whitewater site is proposed to be built in close proximity to Interstate 10. Up to 2,000 detention center beds could be built in the first phase and the site may accommodate 7,200 beds when ultimately built-out. The Riverside County Regional Detention Center proposal was reviewed and funding approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2007.
The public review period for the project’s Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report closed on Dec. 13, 2010. At this time, the Riverside County Economic Development Agency is compiling comments submitted during the extended EIR period. Once that review is completed, EDA may submit the EIR for final Board of Supervisors approval.