by By Kaylee Hultgren | September 02, 2009

The proposed New York State convention center gained some ground last week when the board of directors of the Albany Convention Center Authority approved the purchase of a second parcel of land for the project. Last fall, New York Governor David Paterson offered support for the long-delayed, scaled-back center by allocating $10 million toward preconstruction planning, land acquisition and environmental impact studies. Authority officials hope to purchase the remainder of the required land by the end of the year, after which they will seek construction financing. Development plans call for a 266,000-square-foot structure spanning six acres, in addition to a hotel built by a private developer.