by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 07, 2016

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has unveiled a $1 billion proposal to expand and upgrade the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The proposal calls for the center, which currently has approximately 840,000 square feet of exhibit space, to add 1.2 million square feet of event space, including a 60,000-square-foot ballroom and 500,000 square feet of contiguous space on one level. A four-level, 480,000-square-foot truck-marshaling facility capable of housing hundreds of tractor trailers at one time also will be constructed to improve pedestrian safety and local traffic flow. The proposal's projected costs will be paid for by the Javits Center with existing resources. Construction is expected to begin in late 2016. 

"The Javits Center has long been an economic generator for this state, but we want to build and expand it to ensure it remains a premier venue for the next generation," said Cuomo. "Through one of the most aggressive development plans in the history of the state of New York, we are transforming one of our largest convention centers into an unparalleled world-class venue. The new Javits Center will continue to garner millions in economic activity, create jobs and keep New York's economic momentum moving forward."

Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company said, "We are pleased to hear about the plan to expand the Javits Center on Manhattan's Far West Side. This robust plan to add more convention and meetings space capacity is welcoming news for the more than 6 million meetings delegates who convene in New York City each year. This addition will ensure New York City continues to lead in the convention and exhibition industry."

Renderings of the Javits expansion can be found here.