Leaders from the St. Louis area unveiled a plan Wednesday for a $175 million expansion of America’s Center, which they say is necessary to help St. Louis compete with other cities in attracting big conventions.
The proposed project would add 92,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 65,000-square-foot ballroom, a new pavilion and green space to the downtown St. Louis convention center.
Residents of St. Louis city and St. Louis County would not be asked to pay any new taxes to help fund the project, according to St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which operates America’s Center.
Instead, it would be paid for out of a fund used to service debt that was issued to finance the Dome at America’s Center.
Both St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger have endorsed the plan.
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