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Monroe County Convention Center Expansion Moves Forward

Two planned pedestrian walkways across College Avenue will connect the new hotel and exhibition hall to the existing facility.

County commissioners unanimously decided today to bring the plans before the County Council next week.

The $72 million proposal comes from Indianapolis-based Sun Development and includes a 224-room Embassy Suites hotel and more than 70,000 square feet of convention space.

The county purchased land intended for the expansion in 2010, but the expansion failed to move forward. Three years ago, county council members opted to hold off on raising the food and beverage tax, which would provide funding for the county’s share of the project.

Advisory committee chairman John Whikehart says showing county officials concrete details of the expansion is a big step forward after years of delays.

“We’re able to show them what this project will look like, with, of course, the details to be worked out and the potential cost,” Whikehart says. “So we’ve made significant progress to date.”

The council will discuss the proposed food and beverage tax increase at their meeting next Tuesday.

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