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by Michael C. Lowe | February 16, 2011
Last week, the Miami Beach Convention Center received approval from a steering committee to move forward on design firm Arquitectonica's $640 million upgrade plan. The proposal now goes to the city commission's Finance and Citywide Projects committee to be voted on Feb. 24 where the proposal will undergo further review. The biggest concern is pinpointing a source of funding, which is an issue that has yet to be fully discussed, says Max Sklar, Director of Tourism and Cultural Development. However, the plan has seen widespread support from industry players and those close to the matter are confident the project will find city approval.
 
The expansion plans include the addition of 213,099 square feet of exhibit space, 81,901 square feet of meeting space, 205,016 square feet of prefunction space, 38,228 square feet of food & beverage space and 315,893 square feet of support space that includes back of the house areas.