Those close to the discussions say the site being proposed bydeveloper Dean Scarafoni might have the best chance at this point.Not only is Scarafoni's plan similar to a $37-million concept byStrategic Advisory Group-— consultants hired by the city to developa convention center plan-—it is also close to Downtown. Also,Scarafoni plans to develop the convention center with SummitHospitality and Marriott International, the former having hadconsiderable experience operating convention centers.

A possible downside to Scarafoni's site proposal is that itmight not be big enough for future expansion. The plans call for a30,000-sf convention center that could expand by another 30,000 sfor so.

Even if he does not get the nod for the convention center deal,Scarafoni has said he will go ahead with a hotel, offices, retailand restaurants.

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