If there’s one area in Puerto Rico that has really received a facelift it’s the area where the new Pedro Rosselló Convention Center district is being built.
Back in the early 20th century this entire area used to be the San Juan U.S. Naval Station. And let’s just say that the type of businesses that abounded in the area were not conducive to a positive quality of life (wow, that was nice).
When the base was closed in the late 70’s the old military buildings became local government installations. That only added to the decay. Furthermore, many businesses in the area no longer had the right customers and were forced to close.
By the early 90’s the entire area was covered by dilapidated buildings and abandoned structures. Crime, drugs and prostitution were the order of the day.
Then Governor Pedro Rosselló González announced the development of the Golden Triangle Project that involved the demolition of most of the old buildings in the area and the construction of an ultra modern convention center complex.
The main structure is a 152,000-square-foot exhibition hall that’s the largest and most technologically advanced facility in the Caribbean and Latin America. The center was inaugurated in 2005, by Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, and in 2010 it was named after Governor Pedro Rosselló González by then governor Luis Fortuño.
The center is strategically located next to the Isla Grande Airport, the Román Baldorioty De Castro Expressway, Old San Juan and the Condado hotel area.