BOSTON—By an overwhelming margin of 31-6, the StateSenate has approved the $1-billion expansion plan ofthe Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.


The massive capital improvement project is aimed at helping thecity of Boston attract larger events and thereby increase touristspending in the state.


Senate Democrats noted during Thursday's debate on thelegislation that the expansion of the Boston Convention &Exhibition Center is projected to fuel $180 million annuallly inincreased spending on hotel rooms, meals and other tourist-relatedservices, according to the Boston Globe.


The project will increase the size of the South Boston facilityby approximately 60% and will add 1.3 million square feet ofexhibit space, ballrooms, and meeting rooms. Separately, theMassachusetts Convention Center Authority islooking to develop a headquarters hotel near the facility with upto 1,200 rooms.


The House had previously approved the expansionbill and Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to signthe legislation into law. Construction on the expansion is expectedto commence in the next 18 months. See story in theBoston Globe.

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John Jordan

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