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San Diego Convention Center expansion faces legal woes

Once expected to break ground by 2015 and be completed by 2017, the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center could be halted temporarily, or possibly indefinitely, if opponents of the $520 million project get their way.

Although the expansion was already unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission, the state agency overseeing land use, in October 2013, the highest court in the U.S. will likely decide if or how the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center will be funded.

After a Superior Court in California approved a plan that includes taxing hotel guests 1-3 percent to fund the expansion, opponents against the proposed funding started preparing for the appeals process, vowing to take their case to the Supreme Court if necessary.

There is no telling how long this legal delay could affect the convention center’s expansion, which was expected to increase exhibition space from more than 600,000 square feet to nearly 900,000 as well as add more meeting and ballroom space.

To learn more about the expansion, visit http://www.conventioncenterexpansion.com/.

See related article:Conventions expected to generate billions for San Diego area in 2014.”

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