By Mario Conde
The Imperial County will have new jewel very soon as the ground breaking ceremony of the Imperial Regional Center marks the first step for this ambitious project.
The County Board of Supervisors approved in December to grant TC Construction contract for the construction of the project. The Imperial Regional Center will provide a variety of mixed uses including commercial retail and service oriented uses as well as cultural lifestyle uses such as outdoor recreational park or plaza areas intended for public uses such as pedestrian walkways, waterways, and Green Roofs.
The Imperial Regional Center will be constructed on a 78 – acre parcel, total 3,383,305 square feet, and is expected to provide millions of square feet of commercial facilities. Two 4-story parking structure is 900,000 square feet with 3000 spaces. There will be a loading area in the back of the center.
The design theme of the Imperial Center will reflect the vibrant feel of the center’s natural surroundings. Color schemes will display elemental motifs mirroring the sun, water, river, and stars. Building designs and layouts will be carefully planned to create an attractive and unique experience for its visitors. The Imperial Center has Chinese investors involve in this project.
The Imperial Regional Center is designed to share a water/river feature which will flow through the featured components of the center: waterfalls, pedestrian bridges, courtyards, art and cultural center, and outdoor Performance Center/stages.
The project will be located in the corner of HWY 111 and Heber.