Financing Plan Ruled Legal for Expansion Project

Plans continue to move forward for the San Diego Convention Center Phase 3 expansion project. After the legality of the project’s proposed financing plan was challenged, a Superior Court judge has deemed it legal.  The financing plan was created by the City of San Diego last year and approved by hoteliers. It calls for a one to three percent room assessment on local hotels that would immediately benefit from an expansion of the center.

Although this ruling is not the final step in the expansion process, it is a pivotal one. This fall, a hearing on the project  is scheduled with the California Coastal Commission where the project’s plan and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be reviewed. The EIR was earlier approved by both the San Diego City Council and Unified Port of San Diego but still requires final approval by the coastal commission.

Expansion plans include an additional 80,000 sq. ft. ballroom, 101,000 sq. ft. of meeting room space and an additional 225,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space – creating the largest contiguous exhibit hall on the West Coast. The project is expected to be completed by 2018 according to the latest estimates. For more information on the project, visit our expansion website.

Watch the latest video rendering of the San Diego Convention Center Phase 3 expansion project:

Posted by Marit, on March 27, 2013
Expansion, Meeting Planners, News and Developments

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