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Council may approve convention center designs

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- At Tuesday's meeting, Cedar Rapids Council members may approve the final designs of the new $67 million convention complex.

The project involves renovating the U.S Cellular Center Arena, and building an attached convention center that will include exhibit and ballroom space.

The new facility will be about 291,000 square feet and project leaders say it will make Cedar Rapids much more competitive for hosting big events.

''At the conclusion of this project, we will move ourselves into the second position, only to the Hy-Vee Hall even and conference center in Des Moines, Iowa,' said OPN Architects' Dan Thies.

Groundbreaking on the project should begin next August, and the center is scheduled to be done by February 2013.

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