Ventura police and city officials today will hold a ceremony to announce the opening of a police storefront substation in the Ventura Avenue area, one of the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods.
The substation is not scheduled to open until July, but property owners are expected to hand over the storefront keys to city officials in a 10 a.m. ceremony at the site.
The storefront is located at 110 N. Olive St., behind the Vons Shopping Center. Dermot Properties Assn., a Del Mar-based real estate investment partnership, is renting the site to the city of Ventura for $1 a year.
The 900-square-foot property will be staffed by two officers who will use it as a base for patrols or undercover operations. Residents will be encouraged to drop in and chat with officers about problems in their neighborhood.
The Avenue storefront will be the second substation in the city. In March, police opened a similar storefront in the Montalvo neighborhood.