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San Jose council approves $120 million convention center expansion

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Conceptional rendering of Phase 1

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose City Council on April 12 unanimously voted to move forward on the $120 million renovation and expansion of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Last month, the council approved the sale of up to $150 million worth of bonds to fund the project and by Monday the city had sold $138 million.

About $18 million of that will pay for financing costs and a reserve fund as security for the bond holders. The project is expected to take 24 months, with the updated convention center opening in late summer or early fall of 2013.

The design-build project will add more than 100,000 square feet to the 425,000-square-foot center, including 35,000 square feet of new ballroom space and 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

The city's 77 hoteliers are picking up most of the $120 million construction tab, after they agreed two years ago to charge their guests an extra 4 percent hotel room tax to be used specifically for this project.


Conceptional rendering of Phase 1 / Source: LMN Architects

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