A groundbreaking was held Thursday at the future site of Coachella’s first medical cannabis cultivation facility, which city leaders expect will generate tax revenue and local jobs.

The 111,500-square-foot facility to be operated by Irvine-based Cultivation Technologies Inc. will be built at 84811 Ave. 48 on six acres of land that was previously within a now-shuttered wrecking yard.

The cultivation and manufacturing facility will include separate rooms for growing, processing, drying and control equipment, along with a warehouse and showroom space, according to city officials, who estimate that the facility will generate about $2.5 million in sales tax revenue annually. The revenue “can be used for public safety and infrastructure improvements,” according to the city.

“Construction of this medical cannabis facility marks another turning point as we work to diversify and strengthen Coachella’s economy,” Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez said.

According to its website, Cultivation Technologies will roll out a “Coachella Premium” brand of products.

City leaders passed an ordinance last year allowing for the operation of cannabis-related businesses in certain areas of the city.

Cities within the region have sought to capitalize on the potentially booming cannabis market, with Desert Hot Springs and Santa Barbara-based Canndescent opening the Coachella Valley’s first marijuana cultivation facility last September.

–City News Service

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