Friday, February 22, 2013

After 10 years, Garden Grove Mayor Bruce A. Broadwater returned to the driver’s seat as he addressed a crowd of 250 guests at Tuesday’s State of the City luncheon, presented by the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce. Themed around racing, the Mayor’s speech detailed areas of economic strength in 2012 and 2013, along with plans for a new aquatic sports complex, and the arrival of a full-service Walmart store to Garden Grove.

“I truly believe we can finally see a turn in the road just up ahead, yet we’d be foolish to go forward without careful planning, wise caution, or proven performance,” said Mayor Broadwater.

Pointing to a continued upward trend in hotel occupancy, the Mayor reported that the hotels along Harbor Boulevard reached capacity last summer, due mainly to the opening of Disney’s Carsland attraction.

“The hospitality industry estimates that occupancy rates along Harbor Boulevard will continue to increase by 6% this year,” he said.

According to Mayor Broadwater, in 2012, sales and property taxes, as well as car sales from the Garden Grove Auto Mall, along with building and construction permits, all saw impressive gains over the year prior.

“For a personal goal, I’d like to see a new community gymnasium start to take shape, that would include, not only a swimming pool, but an Olympic-sized swimming pool,” he said.

Discussing the arrival of new neighborhood grocery stores, such as Fresh & Easy and Walmart Neighborhood Market, Mayor Broadwater made the first public announcement that a new, full-service Walmart store would be taking over the former Costco building, off of Chapman Avenue and Gilbert Street.

“Walmart is currently in the permit process, but they’ve already purchased the property, so we are very close to completing the deal,” explained Garden Grove City Manager, Matthew Fertal.

Channel 3 presented a video on 2012 highlights, featuring Mayor Broadwater’s grandchildren, that detailed major development projects such as the Great Wolf Lodge® water park hotel, the Brookhurst Triangle, and the Site C upper-class hotel project.

View the video along with the Mayor’s complete speech.