Seat Pleasant, MD --Tennis star Venus Williams will be addressing the City Center groundbreaking ceremony with pre-recorded remarks on Sept. 29 at Goodwin Park in Seat Pleasant.
Williams joins a cast of VIPs involved with the event that include such as Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Prince Georges County Executive Rushern Baker.
"This is the first major development project in Seat Pleasant in nearly 30 years, and I am honored Ms. Venus Williams and her company, V*STARR Interiors, were willing to come on board with this historic undertaking, said Mayor Eugene Grant. "The city of Seat Pleasant is combining an urban environment with nature and taking measures to reduce our carbon footprint. . . We hope this will serve as an example to the county, state and nation that by working together municipalities like ours can accomplish great things to leave a better future for our children."
Williams' interior design firm, V*STARR Interiors, has agreed to take on the interior design of the new city hall and community center as part of the City Center project. This $60 million endeavor will be the city's largest undertaking in its history and the largest public/private partnership of a municipality with a population of 10,000 or less.
The groundbreaking is an historic celebration for the community as the City of Seat Pleasant: "A City of Excellence," embarks on "Going Green."
The project will cover 15 acres of what is now known as Goodwin Park in Seat Pleasant and include a LEED-Platinum city hall building, which along with the other buildings, will be positioned with energy efficient solar panels and other renewable energy solutions to reduce the size of the carbon footprint of each of the facilities covering five buildings.