Tyler announces plans for $21M convention, conference center
Four Tyler mayors convened a press conference October 29 to announce the city’s plans to build a new $21 million conference and convention center among several improvements at the Rose Garden Complex.
Former Tyler Mayor Joey Seeger presents plans for a new Rose Garden Complex convention center.
Current Mayor Martin Heines said the first phase of the project would include construction of the conference and convention center facilities as well as major street and parking improvements and renovation of the historic Mayfair Building for preservation and increased capacity.
Later phases would include demolition of the Harvey Convention Center to build a park in its place.
The improvements are needed to update outdated facilities and improve the city’s ability to compete for conferences and other special events. Officials said the city’s half cent sales tax fund, hotel occupancy taxes, and private donations will finance the project.
Councilmembers are scheduled to appoint a committee at their November 12 council meeting to start work on developing a project design. Site work is expected to begin in 2020 with completion by 2023.