News San Diego Convention Center Expansion Possibly Delayed Until 2018
posted on 2013-10-13 14:47 EDT
The expansion to the San Diego Convention Center may not be usable until 2018 due to legal struggles. The California Coastal Commission (CCC) unanimously approved the construction of a US$520 million expansion, but the San Diegans for Open Government group and the Navy Broadway Complex Coalition want to put the issue to ballot. The approval by the CCC will raise the area's hotel room tax from 12% to 15%. The Superior Court upheld the tax but the organizations have filed an appeal.
The appeal may not be heard until next year and the organizations have two separate lawsuits regarding the funding for the convention center planned.
The groups' attorney Corey Briggs said, "This convention center is not going to happen." According to Briggs, the lawsuits will be dropped if the funding is put to city vote and approved by San Diego citizens, and if construction is moved away from the coastal area.
The San Diego Convention Center holds the yearly Comic-Con International convention. The convention signed a contract to stay in San Diego until 2016, which is when the expansions was tentatively planned for completion.