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ARC announces building plans in El Centro

May 21, 2002|STAFF REPORT

ARC Imperial Valley, a local non-profit corporation known for serving individuals with disabilities, especially cognitive and intellectual disabilities, will be building a new facility scheduled for completion by fall.

The building will be on a 5-acre parcel on Ross Avenue originally owned by El Centro Redevelopment Agency. The 22,000 square-foot building will house a majority of ARC operations including offices, work areas and a recycling center.

In addition to the building the project will include a primary parking lot with landscaping, a separate area for ARC's transportation department buses plus a loading dock facility. Castillo Construction Co. of Imperial will be the construction manager for the project.

Vance McAlister, ARC-I.V. board president, stated, "The building of the new facility is part of a multi-year plan that also includes new group homes and upgrades to the agency's paratransit service."


Recently a second fully handicapped accessible group home built for ARC in Imperial's Wildflower North was completed.

"We are very excited about our new group homes and the new building because they are designed to serve people with disabilities from the ground up instead of retrofitting existing structures" stated McAlister.

With 134 employees, ARC provides services to more than 1,700 persons per month throughout the Imperial Valley.

"It is very rewarding for us to see our development plans come into action,' said ARC Executive Director Arturo Santos. "We have had the right mix of management staff, employees and board members to allow us to make significant capital improvements and thus better serve our patrons."

In addition to McAlister, the ARC board is: Mike Sabath, Andrea Kuhlen, Mel Smith, Jordana Ainslie, Eric Freeman, Ronald Ruiz, Poli Flores, Maureen Kimball, Rueben Lopez and Leonor Felix.

ARC Imperial Valley, formerly known as the Association for Retarded Citizens, is 29-year-old non-profit corporation providing accredited vocational and habilitative programs, licensed residential facilities, paratransit services and first aid/CPR training.

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