Larger New Mecca Fire Station Enhances Service to Community
MECCA – Members of the community are invited to join Supervisor John J. Benoit, Fire Chief John R. Hawkins and county and CAL FIRE officials at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 for the grand opening of Mecca Fire Station #40, located at 91-350 66th Avenue.
“This new fire station is a vast improvement, quadruple the size of its 60-year-old predecessor,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “It adds features that will reduce response time and facility energy costs while improving public safety in Mecca. It is a bright new addition to the Mecca community, which has seen $54.6 million in county investment since 2003.”
The 12,411-square-foot facility replaces the 3,058-square-foot station, built in 1952, located at 91-100 Fourth St. The station includes three apparatus bays and an eight-bed dormitory, a kitchen, training and exercise room equipped with an outdoor drying rack, trash enclosures, fuel tanks and an emergency generator.
“The citizens of Mecca need this replacement fire station for their community,” said Fire Chief John R. Hawkins. “The firefighters also need a station that provides them with adequate room to train, maintain their equipment, rest and respond to the needs of the community. We are very pleased to be dedicating this beautiful, new and functional fire station and for continuing to enhance our service to the public.”
The fire station’s modern, 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.
Construction began in January 2011 on the $5.1 million project, developed and constructed ninety percent by county redevelopment funds, with the remaining ten percent by development impact fees.
Since 2003, Riverside County has invested $54.6 million in public works to increase access to public services and revitalize the community of Mecca. Major completed improvements include the Family Service Center and Community Health Clinic and Mecca Community Library, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and the Mecca Boys & Girls Clubhouse.
The investment also includes $10.8 million in new street, sidewalk, curb and gutter improvements constructed in three phases of the Downtown Street Revitalization Project.
Currently under construction is a modern roundabout at Fourth Street and Hammond Road, which will reconfigure and revitalize Mecca’s primary entrance, improve the flow of traffic and increase safety at the intersection. Construction is scheduled to be complete in mid-January 2013.
Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kimberly Douglas of the Riverside County Economic Development Agency at 951-452-0940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.