At a meeting of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) on March 24, the members selected a site in Riverside, instead of Cal Poly Pomona, to serve as the agency’s future location for its Southern California testing and research facility.
The board, in an 8-3 decision, cited several factors in choosing the Riverside site over the Cal Poly Pomona location, which had been recommended by ARB staff.
“We are disappointed the California Air Resources Board did not approve their staff’s recommendation, which made a very strong case for relocating the agency’s testing and research facility to Cal Poly Pomona,” said university President Soraya M. Coley. “The university remains committed to identifying and pursuing innovative opportunities for collaboration and partnerships that will elevate and enhance the university and the educational experience of our students.”
The ARB plans to build a new $366 million, state-of-the-art facility for motor vehicle and engine missions testing and research. The agency’s next steps include sending a recommendation to the state Department of General Services and submitting a report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for review.
The agency plans to complete its relocation project in 2020.