by Lisa A. Grimaldi | December 19, 2013
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved plans for a new convention center in Albany, the state capital. The Albany Capital Center, which will cost approximately $66 million, will have 60,000 square feet of meeting space. The proposal includes footbridges that will serve as links connecting the convention center; the DeWitt Clinton Hotel, which Marriott currently is turning into a Renaissance; the Empire State Plaza; and the Times Union Center, which is the area's largest indoor venue. Work on the new convention facility will begin in June 2014 near Eagle and Howard streets in the city's downtown. "This plan for a new convention center in downtown Albany has been a dream of the local community for more than a decade, and I am pleased to announce it will finally become a reality," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. "This project, which requires no new state money, will generate $160 million in investment and create hundreds of new and much-needed jobs to revitalize downtown Albany. When completed, the new Albany Capital Center will help transform the Capital Region into a top destination for major events and conferences, attracting visitors and growing the local economy."