The current Environment and Agricultural Center was originally a grocery store and was built in 1960. This facility also has significant challenges for ongoing repair and maintenance. It currently houses:
- Cooperative Extension
- Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation (DEAPR) administrative and agricultural services offices
- Farm Services Administration
- Soil and Water
- USDA Rural Development
The proposed site provides an opportunity to design and construct a modern and accessible agriculture facility and grounds to meet the needs of the agriculture community in Orange County. The site also provides the same opportunity for a co-located Parks Operations base, which will provide more efficient management of county parks operations. The projects are already planned for in the county’s long-term capital plan.