By Mario Conde
The Imperial Regional Center will be constructed on a 78 – acre parcel, total 3,383,305 square feet, and is expected to provide approximately millions of square feet of commercial facilities. Two 4-story parking structure are 900,000 square feet with 3000 spaces. There will be a loading area in the back of the center. 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.
Jurg Heuberger, director of Planning & Development services said that the first phase of this project has been accomplished as they have installed sewer and infrastructure for the project. He said that phase II will commence in January and will consist of doing surface and curbs improvements. With this approval the County is meeting EDA procedures and requirements. The County also authorized expenditure of the EDA grant funds in the amount of not to exceed $1.3 million for the purpose of constructing this project.
In other items, the board approved a resolution authorizing submittal of grant application to the CalHome General Program in the amount of $1,000,000 to provide mortgage assistance for low or very low First Time Homebuyers and provide assistance for low or very low income homeowners for Owner-occupied Rehabilitation in the unincorporated areas of Imperial County. Also, the county approved the submittal of a grant to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration in the amount of $70,000 for Economic Development Assistance programs. The money would be used to expand the Gateway to the Americas and expansion of planning activities to promote economic development through the Imperial County. Additional activities include Economic Development and Redevelopment training classes and to attend Economic Development conferences.
The County of Imperial will submit an application for proposition 1B funding to have funding for emission reduction program that provides $1 billion for heavy duty diesel trucks by replacement, repower and retrofit to assist in the replacement of old trucks. The money is targeted to four trade corridors and Imperial County belongs to the San Diego corridor. The County could receive $3 million dollars with the potential of getting an additional $1.1 million during the next two years if the application is successful.