by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 16, 2013
According to news reports, last week the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved an expansion of the San Diego Convention Center. The $520 million project, which will add about 740,000 square feet of space, allows the city to keep Comic-Con  from leaving town for a larger facility. Plans call for 220,000 square feet of new exhibit hall space, 101,500 square feet of new meeting space and 80,000 square feet of ballroom space. A five-acre rooftop park overlooking the city and the bay will be built, as well as 42,500 square feet of retail space. The 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel also will get a new 500-room tower.