Orlando's Orange County Convention Center Proposes Major Expansion

OCCC expansion

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Details of a plan for a major expansion of the Orange County Convention Center Convention were revealed to Orlando officials Tuesday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The plan calls for adding 800,000 square feet to the center's North-South Building at an estimated cost of nearly $500,000. The expansion, which would be funded through the county's tourist-development tax, would include a multipurpose venue with 200,000 square feet and 40,000 square feet of meeting space on the North-South Building's east side. A grand concourse, with another 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, would be added at the opposite side of the building. The grand concourse also would serve as an enclosed walkway between the north and south concourses.

According to convention center officials, an expansion could help draw 25 new events per year, or 250,000 people; the estimated timeline for the project is four and a half years. The  last major renovation to the convention center, which currently has 2.1 million square feet of exhibit space, was the North-South Building's opening in 2003. Talks with the county on expansion have been in the works since late 2014.