As a result, the city council is reworking plans and a budgetthat would trim another $30 million from the cost.

Julie Calvert, convention center spokeswoman, tells,"We're hoping to at least add a new 40,000-sf ballroom and make abetter, more up-to-date building, so we can be competitive withColumbus, Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Minneapolis." Suchan addition, she says, "can accommodate 75% of the business we seeas a potential market that we are currently unable toaccommodate."

The existing center totals about 300,000 sf, which includes162,000 sf of exhibit space, a 30,000-sf ballroom, and 41 meetingrooms. It was last renovated in 1987, according to Calvert.

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