Bill Evans, who is executive director of the PFD, the building schematic has been completed and Zervas isnow "starting to work on detailed drawings."

Slated to encompass 58,000 sf and cost approximately $31million, the Lynnwood Convention Center is being designed toaccommodate business groups, conferences and small tradeshows,Evans says. Work on the site, which is located at the corner of37th Avenue and 196th Street, will begin in March with thedemolition of some existing buildings here. In May or June, gradingwill begin and actual construction will kick off in October. Evanstells the convention center is currently for completionat year-end 2004.

Once it opens its doors for business in early 2005, the LynnwoodConvention Center is expected to improve the Snohomish Countyeconomy through the generation of tax revenues and the creation ofnew jobs. Pro forma reports compiled for the PDF estimate theconvention center could generate up to $14 million a year in directrevenue for the city of Lynnwood, Evans says.

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