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Another Milestone Reached in Expansion Project

The San Diego Convention Center expansion project has reached yet another major milestone. After recent approval from the Port of San Diego on the expansion's Environmental Impact Report, the San Diego City Council has also given their approval to the report with a 6-1 vote.

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 report will now go to the California Coastal Commission for a hearing scheduled in early 2013 - a pivotal step in reaching the project's completion. For more information on the expansion program visit our expansion website.

Posted by Marit, on October 22, 2012
Attendees, Expansion, Meeting Planners

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So every hurdle was passed except a resolution, this past fall, of a legal challenge to the mechanism for paying for the newest expansion of the convention center through hotel surcharges. Since that legal decision, it seems as if all news regarding this proposed expansion has withered. Nothing of substance from our Mayor or the City Council. Nothing from the Convention Center. So I pose the question -- is there a "Plan B" out there to continue the original design, through an alternate financing plan? Will it be brought to the voters? Or is there another, LEGAL, method of financing the center expansion. Has anyone examined how San Francisco financed the expansion of the Moscone Center? Or Anaheim's recent expansion of their center? Why can't San Diego do this? I do not think it is a viable plan to scrap the existing design and cobble together something off site with a Charger stadium (no offense to the Union-Tribune, but they are off the mark on this one.) If there is no discussion of plans or intent, I fear that the momentum for expansion will atrophy from lack of interest. And San Diego runs the risk of chasing off it's most lucrative convention, the San Diego Comic-Con International (just look at all the hotel rooms it fills!!!)
I would really like to learn what is happening with this plan.

Thanks for listening,

Gary Ochs
President, Ochs Oil Company

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