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Sacramento City Council To Vote On Convention Center Changes

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The Sacramento City Council is expected to vote Tuesday whether to approve changes to the Downtown Convention Center renovation plan. The new proposal calls for a ballroom and a shorter timeline.

The city says the Sacramento Hotel Association might levy a new tax on visitors to pay for a $50 million ballroom. The city previously estimated the cost of the project at $125 million.

The proposal also calls for changes to the layout of the facility.

Desmond Parrington is the Project Manager for the city.

"Feedback we got from stakeholders and folks that use the building was they really wanted to see more meeting rooms on the west side as well as the ones we already have on the east," Parrington said.

The new plan also includes a delay to the start of construction until January of 2019.

Parrington said work on the Community Center Theater and the Convention Center (and the new east lobby off of 15th Street) would take place at the same time.

The Convention Center would be closed from July of 2019 until Fall of 2020.

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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