Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announced Tuesday that is acquiring a 12.5-acre parcel in downtown Cathedral City, where a fire station now sits, to construct a casino.

The tribe, which did not disclose the purchase price, plans a “mixed- use entertainment and gaming district” at the northwest corner of Date Palm and East Palm Canyon drives.

The tribe said it will contribute $5.5 million to the City Urban Revitalization Corporation to replace the Cathedral City Fire Department’s Station 411.

The exact location of the new station is still being finalized, according to city spokesman Chris Parman, but will be rebuilt somewhere near the current site and will serve the downtown and south city areas.

“This is about making a large-scale investment in Cathedral City,” said Tribe Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe. “The future development will create jobs, revitalize an undeveloped downtown property and support Cathedral City’s economic development efforts.

In addition, we have the honor of working with Cathedral City to relocate and build a new fire station that will allow firefighters to serve city residents from a brand new state-of-the-art facility and a more desirable location,” he said.

Downtown revitalization was central to Mayor Stan Henry’s recent State of the City address, where he unveiled plans for a slate of projects including condominiums, retail stores, a new downtown park and an expanding arts and entertainment district.

“Cathedral City and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians have been partners over the years on major infrastructure improvement projects for Ramon Road and Vista Chino Drive as well as partners in purchasing lifesaving equipment for our fire and police departments,” Henry said in a statement.

“Now, we come together once more to enhance our public safety capabilities with the construction of a new south city fire station as well as building a major mixed-use commercial and gaming development that will serve as a vital anchor in moving our downtown into an entertainment district destined for residents and visitors alike.”

–City News Service

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