ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Cuomo has approved a plan for the
Albany Capital Center, after years of planning and numerous designs.
Work on the new convention center will begin in June 2014
near Eagle and Howard Streets in the city's downtown.
For nearly a decade a plan has been in the works to
revitalize downtown Albany by building a large scale convention center, but
after numerous proposals failed to meet the Governor's approval, a scaled back
plan passed the test.
The design of the 82,000 square foot facility will
consist of meeting rooms, a ballroom and a kitchen. Cuomo says it will create
more than 150 permanent jobs.
The project is funded through a grant and will cost around
Owner of Jack's Oyster House and Convention Center Authority
member Brad Rosenstein says the new design is fiscally responsible.
original plan was really incredible and would have been the best case scenario
but with the economy the way that it was we just didn't have unlimited funds,"
Originally, the plan would have cost $220 million which
would have put the convention center behind Broadway and included a hotel.
Sherri Brooks, a member of the Albany Convention Center
Authorities said no new state money will be used for the project.
"Once the construction on this project is done this
will be a great addition to the local businesses," said Brooks. "It will draw
people to the area. It will create customers."
The project is expected to take about two years to
said a plan to physical link the center to the Empire Plaza, the Times Union
Center and the newly remodeled Dewitt Clinton Hotel is being finalized.