College of the Desert is moving forward with its newly renewed plans to build its Roadrunner Motors Automotive Repair and Technology Training Center in Cathedral City.
The college board meets Friday morning and will hear the latest update on the project with a new higher price.
Roadrunner Motors was re-approved by the board of directors last month to be built at its original site in Cathedral City between the 111 freeway and the hill behind the Palm Springs Desert Lexus and Volkswagen car dealerships.
Earlier COD budget reports pegged the total construction cost at $18,800,000.
The latest report on the colleges capital project now shows construction costs of $21,750,000, almost $3 million more. Additional costs are due to additional grading, drainage and other site issues discovered since the purchase of the land.
Still, COD staff at the last meeting on April 6 said this original site is better than the alternatives they carefully considered nearby and in Indio near the I-10 auto center.
Associate Professor of Automotive Mechanics Douglas Redman said: “It’s amazing. As the process progressed, we grew frustrated and realized how problematic the property was in many ways. But as she considered the options, she seemed to get better and better. .”
Roadrunner Motors’ total occupancy cost now stands at $37,400,000, according to the Staff Capital Project report. It will be presented to the board.
Redman said the site’s advantages include its three neighboring dealerships, its elevation overlooking the city, and its proximity to heavy traffic as it sits at the end of a cul-de-sac.
Friday’s meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. and can be viewed on YouTube.
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