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San Diego Convention Center Expansion
« on: September 23, 2012, 09:59:33 AM »
Passes another starting hurdle. This is from the Hilton Bayfront's Twitter on Friday:

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Port approves Environmental Impact Report — major step in expansion of Convention Center & JPA’s addition to @HiltonBayfront!
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So it sounds like there will be an expansion to the Hilton Bayfront hotel, in addition to an expansion to the convention center?

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Re: San Diego Convention Center Expansion
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2012, 10:26:13 AM »
Hope the park on the roof stays in the plans.
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Re: San Diego Convention Center Expansion
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2012, 11:28:01 AM »
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By Mike Wille
Story Published: Sep 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM PDT
Story Updated: Sep 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM PDT
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An environmental impact report on the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center and an associated hotel project was approved unanimously Wednesday by the commissioners of the Port of San Diego.
The $520 million project will give San Diego the largest contiguous meeting space on the West Coast when it's completed.
Tourism experts believe San Diego is losing out on 25 major trade shows annually, because competing cities can offer more room. The loss works out to $121 million annually in additional hotel room night income, according to a consultant's study.
The project will give the convention center 2.75 million square feet of floor space.
 
"Expanding the Convention Center will help to protect our economy, as well as attract new businesses and visitors, support a flourishing travel and tourism industry, and stimulate job growth in our region," said Ruben Barrales, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. "Today's approvals are an important step in the right direction."
 
The bulk of the expansion will be paid for by increasing hotel room taxes.
 
Downtown hotels, which will benefit the most from the expansion, will add a 3 percent levy on room bills. Hotels around Mission Valley and Mission Bay will charge an extra 2 percent and outlying hotels will add 1 percent.
 
City officials hope construction will start by the end of this year, or early next year.
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San Diego Convention Center Expansion
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2012, 02:56:03 PM »
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City officials hope construction will start by the end of this year, or early next year.

Oh, please. For the love of all that is holy, please!

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Re: San Diego Convention Center Expansion
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2012, 05:41:17 PM »
Wonder how long it would take and if it would cause a temporary move or delay...
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2012, 06:18:02 PM »
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Wonder how long it would take and if it would cause a temporary move or delay...

According to this article (a little less optimistic than the previous article posted) by the local San Diego paper (the Union-Tribune) they anticipate the expansion to be open in 2016, maybe 2017.  I think CCI has agreed to stay in San Diego until 2015?  And where would SDCC go if the San Diego Convention Center is not available in a Moscone/WonderCon type situation?  Perhaps Anaheim?

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Re: San Diego Convention Center Expansion
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2012, 08:24:30 PM »
They didn't have a problem when they expanded the first time - the Con went on. I think there may be some minor problems with routing around construction zones, but it'll happen in SD.

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Re: San Diego Convention Center Expansion
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2012, 09:05:43 PM »
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They didn't have a problem when they expanded the first time - the Con went on. I think there may be some minor problems with routing around construction zones, but it'll happen in SD.

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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2012, 11:21:50 PM »
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And where would SDCC go if the San Diego Convention Center is not available in a Moscone/WonderCon type situation?  Perhaps Anaheim?
Most probably but they will have to close off part of the exhibit hall to hold panels that would normally go in Hall H.
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Re: San Diego Convention Center Expansion
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2012, 12:10:22 PM »

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Re: San Diego Convention Center Expansion
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2012, 12:31:48 PM »
I always figured that if they did the expansion, that the architectural style would stay the same and they would just make the convention center longer.  The difference in style between the old and new threw me when I looked at the picture.

Don't have a preference either way-- as long as there is more floor space. 

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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2012, 12:41:11 PM »
Yeah that proposed expansion picture is sort of boring looking but I agree that the space is much more important.

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Re: San Diego Convention Center Expansion
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2012, 12:53:44 PM »
The picture also looks like they might built it upwards a bit.  If they included several levels, that could REALLY increase space.

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Re: San Diego Convention Center Expansion
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2012, 01:30:18 PM »
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I always figured that if they did the expansion, that the architectural style would stay the same and they would just make the convention center longer.  The difference in style between the old and new threw me when I looked at the picture.

Don't have a preference either way-- as long as there is more floor space.

That picture looks so different from the renderings I've seen on the project...maybe it's the angle?  This site has some images and floor plans, might be more comprehensive.

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Re: San Diego Convention Center Expansion
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2012, 01:34:53 PM »
These early designs could change over the course of planning so I would think the pictures are just concepts not yet completely approved.