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Baltimore Convention Center expansion and renovation progressing, planning and design to potentially begin in FY 2020 (starts July 1)

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The Baltimore Convention Center expansion is actually progressing, a Maryland General Assembly bill has successfully been passed out of the General Assembly for the Governor's consideration. This bill would require that planning and design for the expansion and renovation of the Baltimore Convention Center to begin in Fiscal Year 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019 for Maryland government purposes, it also enlarges the legally defined boundaries of the convention center to include the area that contains the Sheraton Inner Harbor hotel: https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2019/04/09/baltimore-ocean-city-convention-center-expansions.html

Plans to expand convention center facilities in Baltimore and Ocean City will move ahead after two bills focused on what's next for the projects won support from the Maryland General Assembly.

State lawmakers voted to approve both Maryland Stadium Authority-backed measures on Monday, the final day of this year's legislative session. State, local and tourism officials have long called for improvements to the convention centers, which were built in the 1970s and expanded in the 1990s.

In Baltimore, the legislation will launch a round of planning and design in fiscal year 2020 for additions or renovations to the city's convention center. The measure requires the stadium authority to pay two-thirds of the cost for planning and design — estimated at $50 million — with Baltimore paying for the final one-third. It also redefines the convention center site's boundaries to include a space where the Sheraton Hotel currently sits.

The new planning and design work will be separate from the second phase of an existing stadium authority study looking at preliminary design, cost estimates and finance modeling for a convention center expansion, according to a state fiscal and policy note. Phase 2 of the stadium authority study started last fall and is expected to be done this spring. The planning and design funded under the state bill will be more detailed, the policy note said.

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It's always talk talk talk, planning planning planning. Even if the city is willing to pay its share of the planning and design, actually doing the work will cost a whole lot of money and Baltimore has plenty of other ways that that money could better be spent.

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On 4/10/2019 at 6:17 PM, KSweeley said:

The measure requires the stadium authority to pay two-thirds of the cost for planning and design — estimated at $50 million — with Baltimore paying for the final one-third.

So Maryland is going to spend $50 million just to plan and design renovations? When the planning and designing are finished, I wonder what the price tag of actual construction would be and will Maryland taxpayers approve coughing up that kind of expenditure when there are many other issues that need to be addressed.

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10 hours ago, Fadamor said:

So Maryland is going to spend $50 million just to plan and design renovations? When the planning and designing are finished, I wonder what the price tag of actual construction would be and will Maryland taxpayers approve coughing up that kind of expenditure when there are many other issues that need to be addressed.

Yeah, like I said, it feels like Groundhog Day. Ultimately, whether the state helps or not, the convention center is owned and operated by the city, and the city has other problems.

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