Thursday, January 23, 2014

MayoratPodium.jpgAt Tuesday’s State of the City luncheon, Garden Grove Mayor Bruce A. Broadwater gave a gleaming report on the City’s financial health, along with a timetable for anticipated groundbreakings and grand openings of major projects, such as the Great Wolf Lodge® water park hotel, and a new, full-service Walmart store. The event was hosted by the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking before a sell-out crowd of 300 attendees, Mayor Broadwater began by pointing to the important role of local government in the community’s economic growth, progress, safety, and quality-of-life.

“Before (1956), residents didn’t see a need for local government… Today, we are the fifth largest city in the county. We efficiently provide our own sanitation, water, police and fire services for more than 172,000 residents. And, we have an important stake in Southern California’s most successful tourist center,” he said.

The Mayor detailed areas of economic strength in 2013 that included the Garden Grove Auto Mall and the re-named Grove District-Anaheim Resort hotels on Harbor Boulevard. According to Mayor Broadwater, the hotels alone represented nearly $15 million in annual tax revenue for the City in 2013.

Referring to several major tax- and job-producing hotel projects moving forward on Harbor Boulevard, the Mayor credited City staff for solving the challenges faced as a result of the state’s takeover of redevelopment.

“Without the City defending our interests, more than $15 million in future annual tax revenue would have been in jeopardy,” said Mayor Broadwater.

Providing a status report on several major commercial projects, the Mayor announced that the highly-anticipated Great Wolf Lodge® water park hotel is expected to break ground this spring. City officials specified March 2014 as the target month for the hotel’s start of construction.

Another 2014 groundbreaking will be for the Brookhurst Triangle, the City’s largest proposed commercial and residential development.

Regarding the new Walmart store, off of Chapman and Gilbert, which the Mayor announced at last year’s State of the City address, he said, “I’m happy to say that a shiny, new, full-service Walmart store will open its doors to shoppers later this spring.”

The Mayor also praised the Garden Grove Unified School District for their student art shows and for undertaking the county’s largest modernization project involving 65 schools.

The City’s GGTV 3 presented a video on several City highlights of 2013, including the Re:Imagine Downtown campaign, the Garden Grove Police Department’s eighth accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., and Garden Grove Pride.

To view the Mayor's complete speech, CLICK HERE.