ST. PAUL, MN-The St. Paul RiverCentre Authority may cut its $70-million legislative request for a replacement for the city’s Roy Wilkins Auditorium and scale back the scope of the proposed $110-million project. The authority had hoped to go ahead with the project to replace the 60-plus-year-old building, including essentially building a 6,000-seat auditorium.

However, the changing economic climate and controversy over RiverCentre already being behind in payments to the city on the new convention complex have changed thatthe prognosis for such an effort. Also, given a looming $2-billion budget deficit facing the 2002 session of the Minnesota Legislature, state bonding money may hard to come by, authority officials say.

A committee will look at the drawings and make changes.

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