Demolition of County Administrative Center Begins Monday
INDIO – The County Administrative Center will soon be demolished to clear the way for the 1,626-bed East County Detention Center, the principle objective in the county’s $375 million series of improvements in downtown Indio.
Riverside County and Indio officials will celebrate the start of the demolition at 10 a.m. Monday, March 17, outside the center at 82-675 Highway 111. People will have an opportunity to take pictures of the exterior of the building before it is torn down.
“I am looking forward to the latest progress in the county’s investment and revitalization in downtown Indio,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “This demolition prepares us to start on the state-of-the-art detention center that will boost the local economy with hundreds of construction jobs and 400 permanent positions thereafter.”
The County Administrative Center was built between 1968 and 1975 and was the offices for the district attorney, public defender, assessor-county clerk-recorder, county counsel and the county emergency operations center. These departments were relocated last fall.
The legal offices are in temporary spaces as they await the completion of the County Law Building on the southwest corner of Highway 111 and Jackson Street by April 2015. The new Eastern Riverside County Emergency Operations Center is expected to open this May.
To clear the site for the detention center, a four-courtroom annex and a public safety radio communications building and tower will also be demolished.
Due to proximity to other buildings, the administrative center will not be detonated but rather razed by heavy equipment. The entire demolition is expected to be completed by July.