Hi There, Marion Ashley here playing centerfield at Perris Valley Big League Dreams. We are nearing completion of this $25 Million sports park project scheduled to open for use in January. This site will be home to six baseball/softball fields, four of them scaled-down versions of major league stadiums including replicas of Angel Stadium as you see here, Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium.
Game watchers will enjoy stadium type seating like you would find at a major league ballpark, but even better than the majors because our seating areas will be cooled on hot days by a misting system. The site will also have a 14,825 sq.-ft. restaurant, 2,828 sq.-ft. concession building, batting cages, two covered artificial turf soccer stadiums, two playground areas, two open turf areas, administration building and a maintenance building.
The facility will be able to handle corporate events in the covered soccer arenas and the open turf areas. There will be ample parking with 605 spaces. Construction of the project has created an estimated 400 construction jobs and will bring needed recreational activities to the area. The project is expected to create approximately 50 jobs. This number should rise to about 75 after one year.
Soon, just across the street from this sports park will be the Perris Valley Aquatic Center. The project will be composed of a competition swim area and a themed recreational water park providing another great recreational facility for the Perris Valley. This project is moving forward as the bids for design/build were received in June.
The Marion V. Ashley Community Center & Child Care Facility is now complete and open for use in the City of Menifee. The $10 Million LEED certified facility benefits the surrounding community with new access to childcare, recreation, and special events. The center will feature a full service concession and commercial kitchen, gym for recreational and community events, multi-purpose room, and staff offices. The 12-acre park site that includes: two ball fields, tot lot, picnic shelters and a lighted walking trail around the ball fields. The childcare center has six classrooms with one toddler room, and is able to serve approximately 160 kids.
Also in Perris Valley, a site along Trumble Road was recently remediated of contaminated soil thanks to redevelopment and design bid build of landscape improvements along Trumble Road from SR74 North to Mapes Road to enhance the main doorway to the Big League Dreams and Aquatic Center facilities. The property is ready for development.
Hwy 74 Beautification phases 1, 2 and 3 are now complete. The $7.5 Million improvements included the installation of curbs and gutters, trees, landscaping and bus turnouts on the 1.5 mile stretch of Highway 74 between Trumble and Palomar roads. The stretch of Highway 74 serves as a gateway to Perris from the south and east. Future development for that area also calls for the construction of a four-story hotel, restaurants, and a gas station.
Eller Park is complete and open for use. This new park fills the once blighted corner of Highway 74 & Antelope Road. The stunning $2 million park features a lighted baseball/softball diamond, basketball court, walking trail, restroom/concession building, two large picnic areas, an open turf area, and a tot-lot play area. The park will brings a great recreational zone to the community for the enjoyment of local residents for years to come.
Cabazon Civic Center is currently under construction. The project will include 6,490 square foot County library, a 13,045 square foot child care facility and counseling center operated by Family Services Association, and an administration facility for the Cabazon Water District. An expansion of the existing park is also planned on the site with the addition of two new basketball courts, skate park, restroom building, and park maintenance building for the EDA Community Services Division. Shaded picnic areas will also be added as well as a new playground area.
The library and child care center will take advantage of their proximity to Cabazon Elementary School and the James A. Venable Community Center. The Civic Center will provide the community of Cabazon much needed services as well as recreational amenities that can’t be matched in the area.
Cabazon Design Guidelines for the community of Cabazon, including, but not limited to, architecture, landscape and building guidelines. The guidelines have been completed and now are in review with County Planning.
Design and Construction is underway for the Cabazon Trunk Sewer Line A, a collection system and package treatment plant that would be able to process 100,000 gallons per day. The new sewer will give local residents the ability to switch their septic tank to a sewer line and will help bring in new development that was once contingent on the creation of the system.
Desert Hot Springs Family Care Center is under construction on Palm Drive. The County Department of Mental Health will provide outpatient treatment services to children and adolescents and their families. WIC will also have an office location here helping families buy healthy foods, promote nutrition education, and assist with finding health care. Additionally, the following agencies will be providing services in the Family Health Care Center: Catholic Charities, Community Access Center, Shelter from the Storm, Episcopal Community Services, Riverside County Office of Education, Corona Veterans Center and the Department of Community Action. Construction completion is set for 2012.
Desert Hot Springs Health and Wellness Center broke ground on their 26,000-square foot facility, which will be the future home of a new Boys & Girls Club, featuring a gym, aquatic center, learning center, and offices dedicated to building/maintaining health and wellness.
A brand new natural gas-fired power plant is going up near Desert Hot Springs. The CPV $900 million Sentinel Energy Project will be built on 37 acres in unincorporated Riverside County land off Dillon Road, northeast of the interchange between Interstate 10 and state Highway 62.
The project will bring 300 construction jobs and $5 million a year in tax revenue. The plant will continue to power the area when the wind doesn’t blow and when the sun isn’t out. The plant will also provide electricity during times of peak demand, generating enough power for 800,000 homes. The idea is to keep the state’s power grid charged even when it’s strained on the hottest of summer days to avoid blackouts. The plant is slated for operation in the summer of 2013.
In Highgrove the new library is complete and open for use. The 7,500 sq. ft. LEED certified library features beautiful high ceilings, a children’s reading area, a designated area for young adults, as well as a community room for small gatherings and meetings. The facility also includes ten computer work stations, study rooms, and self-checkout stations. Water wise landscaping was chosen to minimize water use, and the building makes use of natural lighting to further decrease energy costs. The Highgrove community will not only benefit from the addition of books, resources, and computer access, but the structure will serve as a beautiful addition to the area. This new library replaces the old 1,600 sq. ft. library. This entire project was funded by Redevelopment dollars from the County of Riverside Redevelopment Agency. Without the redevelopment dollars me and my colleagues on the Board set aside for this new library….we would not have been able to open this fantastic, new facility. We have eliminated blight, created construction jobs, and have brought new services using local funds for the community.
Also recently completed in Highgrove is the Center Street Trunk Sewer line. This project installed roughly 2 miles of sanitary sewer lines.
The Van Buren Interchange is moving forward. RCTC stepped in to help out with the $10 Million funding gap. Now fully funded at $52 Million the project is moving forward thanks to the County, RCTC, Prop 1B funds, and Cal Trans. The project will widen the bridge and create new on and off ramps. Scheduled to be bid out in November with construction beginning in 2012.
March JPA current and approved projects represent 4,100 jobs including the recent addition of AMRO Fabricating to their territory. AMRO, a manufacturer of Aerospace and defense markets are now leasing a good portion of the former DHL hanger at March Air Reserve Base. The company is in the process of hiring 120 skilled labor jobs for their operation which build very impressive parts including a racking system for Boeing’s 747 transport, and parts for new planes.
AMRO recently hosted a job fair with the County’s Workforce Development Center that had a great turnout. AMRO was able to find a good number of qualified candidates for their open positions.
Cisco Foods plans to build on 45 acres at Meridian that will create 283 jobs to start, with room for additional expansion.
Fresh and Easy’s current operations which consist of kitchen, distribution, and a meat factory account for 1,700 employed and will add another 1,250 jobs when they expand out.
Riverside County Transportation Commission recently approved a Metro station onsite at March JPA. The Perris Valley Line would be a 24-mile extension of Metrolink service from Riverside to Perris with a stop at March JPA.
The County recently completed an $80 million upgrade to the Larry Smith Regional Correctional Facility in Banning. The expansion added 582 beds to the Banning site and helps alleviate overcrowding in the County jail system.
In Nuview a new 6,700 square foot urban fire station was built to replace the former inadequate station. The new facility provides optimum fire protection services and offers adequate sleeping quarters and living space for personnel. The station has a state of the art exhaust system to help reduce harmful elements in the air and protect firefighters. The station was built with mitigation funds and was a cooperative effort between the Board of Supervisors, Riverside County Fire Department, and EDA Facilities Management. The cost of the station was $2.6 million dollars. Station 3 will continue to provide 24 hour coverage 7 days a week with a Paramedic Engine.
Perris Sheriff Station and Dr. Robert Reed Health Center is located at Perris Boulevard and San Jacinto Avenue in Perris. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department station and the adjacent Dr. Robert Bruce Reid Clinic improve residents’ access to healthcare and provide more efficient law enforcement services to the fast-growing City of Perris and surrounding area. The clinic serves about 200 patients a day providing crucial community health-care services including disease control, laboratory services, a teen clinic, health education, nutrition services, family planning, preventive care and many other services.
This sheriff’s station replaced a cramped, aging building. It has space for investigators, evidence processing and a forensics unit, a gang task force, special enforcement teams, patrol deputies, support staff and administrative personnel. The building includes a helipad and a satellite office for me. The project consisted of a 48,242 square-foot sheriff’s station, a 28,990 square-foot forensics lab and evidence warehouse, a 24,870 square-foot family care clinic, a fueling station, and five acres reserved for future buildings. Total project cost was just over $24 million.
Caltrans and RCTC are currently working on a $38.5 million 215/60 interchange improvements. The project will add carpool lanes, realign the exit ramp at northbound 215 and Box Springs Road /Fair Aisle Drive, and realign and widen Box Springs Road to four lanes.
The 74-215 interchange also known as the 4th Street Interchange broke ground this year. The $29 Million project will rebuild the interchange and will promote better traffic flow, while granting easier access to downtown Perris. Once completed, the project will replace the two-lane bridge over the freeway with an eight-lane bridge. This project removes multiple stop signs, realigns freeway on and off-ramps and adds carpool preference lanes to the ramps. This interchange project has moved forward because of the great partnerships from RCTC, California Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.
Moreno Valley’s Nason Street Bridge off the 60 is undergoing $16 Million of reconstruction. Improvements will realign Nason Street on and off ramps to the 60. Once completed the project will give better freeway access, improves traffic flow, place utility lines underground, and sets up the bridge for future widening. The enhanced roadwork will provide better access to local shopping, Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Valley View High School, and future UCR campus.
Environmental studies for the proposed alternative route to interstate 10 between the City of Banning and the Community of Cabazon will commence this year. This Interstate 10 “by-pass” project is moving forward with close coordination between the County, Cabazon Tribe of Mission Indians, Caltrans, and the surrounding communities.
The widening and pavement reconstruction along Ramona Expressway between 5th Street and Warren was completed this year, and safety improvements along Gilman Springs Road between State Route 60 and State Route 79 are expected to be under construction before the end of 2012.
The Ramona Expressway overcrossing at interstate 215 is currently under construction. The existing bridge will be widened and the exit ramps will be widened to accommodate the traffic demand using the interchange. The new facility is expected to be open to traffic in the fall of 2012.
San Timoteo Canyon Road and Live Oak Canyon Road were resurfaced earlier this year, providing a much needed new surface and pavement markings to improve safety and drivability.
The County of Riverside’s Economic Development Agency continues their great work of fast tracking business that will make significant impacts to our economy. The agency is working closely with Wintec Energy on their project in North Palm Springs. The 416 acre industrial project is under review. The project represents a $65,000,000 capital investment and $6,000,000 in taxable sales.
I will continue to work hard with the rest of the County Board of Supervisors on bringing Riverside County businesses and residents good infrastructure, programs and services. Thanks for joining me on the 5th district year in review.
Supervisor Marion Ashley