On Saturday morning, May 2, Sudberry Properties and the Santee School District held a Grand Opening for The Marketplace at Santee and Dedication Ceremony for the Santee Schools Arts Attack Tile Project. The ceremony was held in a pleasant patio-style area on the west side of the center, behind the Starbucks, where tiles created by students in the Arts Attack programs are on display along walls and bench areas.
Long-time Santee residents remember the Marketplace as the old roller rink and several small shops. It was a real disappointment when the rink closed down, but the age of the buildings and the presence of asbestos and other toxic elements meant that they had to go. The property was purchased by a private group, which eventually brought in Sudberry Properties to help bring the project to fruition. Here is what the center looked like last November when Henry’s opened. The Tile Project is just to the right of the orange-peach colored building at the far end.
Tom Sudberry, Chairman of Sudberry Properties, was the host for the ceremonies, and speakers included his son and President/CFO of Sudberry Properties, Colton Sudberry, Santee Councilmember, Jack Dale, and Ted Hooks of the Santee School District. Also on hand were the school Arts Attack coordinators who worked with students directly. As the District representative, and being involved with the Visual and Performing Arts programs that include Arts Attack, Ted Hooks called out the names of students whose artwork had been chosen for display and Colton Sudberry handed out certificates. In addition to the certificate, each student received a gift bag, presented by a member of the Santana High School cheer squad.
Tom Sudberry, Chairman of Sudberry Properties
Jack Dale, Santee City Councilmember, and Colton Sudberry, President and CFO of Sudberry Properties
Ted Hooks, Santee School District
Before the ceremony the West Hills High School Pep Band performed for the crowd, and students and their families were treated to pastries and drinks in one of the soon-to-be store areas. Afterwards everyone was invited to enjoy specials from some of the center shops.
Special thanks goes to Carmen McKissack of Color Me Mine, who coordinated and handled the firing of all of the tiles.
Michelle Ehlke, Santee Princess and sister of Miss Santee Teen, Nicole Ehlke, was among students honored
Santana High School Cheerleaders handed out gift bags
Check out a few more pictures from the event here.