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This Week in City Hall: April 25

The Cheech's financial performance, new solar greenhouses for the Northside, and a new local landmark are all under consideration.

City Council will meet in closed and open sessions Tuesday, April 25. Here are highlights from the agenda:

Financial update on The Cheech

Council will receive an update on the financial performance of The Cheech from its opening on June 18, 2022. The City receives a portion of each paid guest’s entrance cost, known as a “facility maintenance fee”:

  • Adults: $3.00
  • Children (12 and under): $1.00
  • Seniors (65+): $1.00
  • Facility Rental Participants: $1.00

The Cheech beat its first six-month attendance projections of 50,000 guests by nearly 80%. Through the end of January 2023, The Cheech welcomed 88,786 guests, 61,085 of which were paid, which generated $151,599 in facility fees to the City.

City staff is currently preparing for an economic impact study on the entire city from the first-year performance of The Cheech.

New solar greenhouses in the Northside

Council will consider a lease agreement which, if approved, would ready the construction of solar greenhouses at the Northside Agriculture Innovation Center, formerly known as the Northside Heritage Meadows project, for “research, climate-resilient agriculture workforce development, and incubation of ag-tech startups.”

A new local landmark

The “Walter Verly House” at 6268 Palm Avenue will be considered for a Historic Designation as a City Landmark designation on the recommendation of the Cultural Heritage Board.