KI Expansion Starts Wave of Downtown Projects - WBAY

KI Expansion Starts Wave of Downtown Projects

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With shovels in the ground, state and city leaders marked the start of an 18 month, $23 million, 70,000 square foot expansion of the KI Convention Center.

"This brings us up another notch so all of those conventions that we were turning down because we didn't have enough room to even consider having them come here, those now we're able to go after," explains Brad Toll of the Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Over the next two months crews will tear down parts of the center's west side. Above ground construction will begin in early March.

"This is 142 permanent jobs but much bigger than that is the tourism impact, the estimate is each year this will add an additional 68,000 convention goers," says Governor Walker.

The milestone today also serves as a catalyst for several other projects downtown. Across the street at Coaches Corner, which is now owned by the city, the current tenants have 60 days to find a new location. Once they move out, crews will tear down the building, to make room for a convention center plaza.

Changes are also on the horizon for the Clarion Hotel, next week a development agreement will be finalized with American Hospitality Management to renovate it, with plans to begin work after the Packers season.

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