The Harvey House will soon have cooler air after Barstow greenlit a contractor’s $224,000 bid to replace the chiller at the historic site formerly known as Casa del Desierto, or House of the Desert, before its heyday as a railroad depot ended in the late 1900s.

It will be the city’s first approved expense from a $2.86 million installment of federal COVID-19 relief money it received in July, roughly four months after the funds were appropriated by Congress. City staff said that a second installment of a similar amount is coming in July 2022.

Norco-based CJS Cooling Tower Services was the lone bidder for the contract to replace the Harvey House’s chiller — a system for heating, ventilation and air conditioning that offers more power than standard HVAC systems.