HERB ATCHISON, MAYOR OF WESTMINSTER
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Herb Atchison, Mayor of Westminster, is inviting the community to the second Westminster Latino Festival. “We look forward to seeing you at the Irving Street Library Park. I’m sure you will enjoy good food and good entertainment. This will also be an opportunity to share with the neighbors”, said Atchison, currently the Mayor of Westminster, but with ties to the city’s government for the past 30 years.
Atchison explained that this event has a “Latin flavor,” but it is open to everyone in the community. “Westminster is a very diverse city. In the last 20 years, we have seen how different ethnic communities have settled in this city. Here lives the largest ‘hmong’ community [from southeast Asia] in the country after the one based in Milwaukee. At Westminster High School, there are students who speak 17 different Asian dialects,” he explained.
The Westminster Latino Festival is just one of the many reasons to visit the city. A process of transformation is taking place in Westminster where the site of the old Westminster mall will become a downtown. “We are developing the city’s downtown. This was a request that the residents of the area were asking us for a long time. This project consists of 105-acres,” Atchison says.
The Mayor explained that the project is well advance. All the roads and services needed for the buildings to operate are already set in place. At the same time, a public parking space is already in service, that connects with the existing JCPenney store. Mid 2018 marks the time when a few commercial as well as residential buisldings will be completed, said Atchison.