Convention Center Conversations Continue in CS

The deadline for design plans on College Station's proposed convention center is Friday. The city will review those ideas before proceeding on the project.

The city recently purchased the Chimney Hill Shopping Center off University Drive.

Thursday night, the city council heard very early estimates of $40 million for the price tag on the facility.

Mayor Ben White has made it clear the city's taxpayers should not foot the bill, but the most local hotel owners are willing to raise the city's hotel-motel tax is three-quarters of a percent.

The originally proposed two percent increase was not given the green light by hotel owners.

Among the amenities being discussed is upwards of 25,000 square feet of exhibit space, as well as a banquet hall.

White says the preliminary price tag of $40 million is about on par with what city leaders had been thinking, though construction costs continue to rise. While the current facility under consideration is larger than the Northgate-based center hotly debated earlier this decade, the costs associated with construction are also up.

The city bought the Chimney Hill Shopping Center for about $10 million, and will honor the leases of all businesses housed there.

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