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City Moves Toward Environmental Review For Convention Center Renovations

Stock / Capital Public Radio

Inside the Sacramento Convention Center

Stock / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento Convention Center renovation project is expected to enter the environmental impact review phase this week.

The city is requesting the go-ahead from the city council to review the pollution and noise impacts of the project and its construction.

"It's a site that's fully developed,” says Desmond Parrington, the senior development project manager with the city. “We're not talking about a greenfield space. It's already in an urban environment. There's some things we need to look at during the construction phase in particular because we will be potentially (demolishing) the older side of the building."

Parrington says there is no projected cost for the renovations, but some of the details are becoming clearer. Among the improvements he lists: improving the exhibit space, creating multi-purpose space, adding a kitchen, adding connections between sections of the center, and creating an eastern and western lobby so that the convention center can host simultaneous events.

Parrington says it is currently impossible for the convention center to host two large events at the same time.

The renovation would increase the size of the building by 33,000 square feet.

A full project description and cost estimate are expected to be delivered to council May 23.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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