Emergency Operations Center Under Construction Ceremony to Celebrate Start of County’s Downtown Indio Public Safety Projects Set for Next Week
INDIO – Supervisor John J. Benoit will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Eastern Riverside County Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday, marking the start of multiple county public safety construction projects in downtown Indio.
The new Emergency Operations Center is part of a multi-phase public safety project that includes a new Eastern Riverside County Detention Center with 1,273 new detention center beds and a law building that will house the District Attorney, Public Defender, County Counsel, Law Library and other related tenants.
Construction started July 7 and should be completed in February 2014. A small ceremony celebrating the start of construction on the Emergency Operations Center will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31 at 82-695 Dr. Carreon Blvd. in Indio, the site of the future center.
“The emergency operations center is essential to aiding the critical work of the county in effective emergency response coordination,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Major construction activity is coming to downtown Indio, and this long-lasting improvement for the Coachella Valley comes as a result of the county’s investment.”
The new Eastern Riverside County Emergency Operations Center is replacing the 14,400-square-foot former Indio sheriff’s station. The $10.8 million project adds a beneficial function to a county-owned facility that has sat vacant since the sheriff’s department moved to the new Thermal Sheriff’s Station.
The emergency center is currently housed in the basement of the County Administrative Center which will be demolished to make room for the expansion of detention center beds in Indio. Relocating the emergency operations center from a constricted basement will also enable the use of cell phones and the most up-to-date emergency response equipment.
The project will relocate the telecommunications hub for the Riverside County Department of Information Technology from the County Administrative Center. Part of the project involves relocating the radio tower, used by public safety agencies, that is near the current jail site.