Mayor Butts Champions School District With Plans For A State-of-the-Art Inglewood Innovation Center Initiative
During the recent city council meeting, Mayor Butts introduced the Inglewood innovation center Initiative. In this presentation he proposed a major renovation for the Inglewood Main Library. The council was asked to authorize the mayor and city manager to seek a partnership with the Inglewood Unified School District for the library’s renovation and future use. Mayor Butts expressed pride in the initiative, highlighting the library’s outdated state since its opening in 1974 and the potential $56 million renovation cost. He suggested transforming the library into an Innovation Center and connecting it with a bridge to Inglewood High School, integrating it into the campus.
During the council’s business meeting he also highlighted Inglewood’s financial turnaround, noting that property values in the city have soared, with many worth a million dollars or more. This economic upswing has positioned the city to fund the renovation without the need for bonding, which was previously unfeasible due to financial constraints. With substantial funds in the bank, the city can now directly support this significant infrastructure project. In the city council meeting, Mayor Butts spoke of leveraging the city’s improved financial standing to work with the Inglewood Unified School District, aiming to enhance the district’s appeal through strategic partnerships. He reflected on the remarkable progress of Inglewood, expressing pride in the city’s transformation and the council’s decisions that have led to this point. Mayor Butts highlighted Inglewood’s status as one of the most envied cities in the U.S., acknowledging the significance of the journey to its current state of prosperity. With this foundation, the city is poised to embark on the ambitious project of renovating the Inglewood Main Library and converting it into an Innovation Center, symbolizing a forward-thinking approach to urban development and education. Press play to see What’s Good in Inglewood.