Cuomo OKs plan for downtown Albany convention center

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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— Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday approved the plan for the Albany Capital Center, an 82,000-square-foot convention space in downtown Albany.

The center is to serve as a link between the DeWitt Clinton Hotel, the Times Union Center and the Empire State Plaza, officials said.

Construction is to start in June. The center is to create 157 permanent jobs and 114 construction jobs, according to the governor’s office.

“The vision for a new convention center in the area has been years in the making, but today, it is actually moving forward with the support of a functioning government that works with the private sector,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The project includes “no new state money,” he said. The state budget “continues to provide the remaining funds against the original $75 million state appropriation not already utilized to support the development of the convention center,” according to the news release.

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