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Provo closer to getting convention center

PROVO (Deseret News) — After years of consideration, a Utah County convention center appears to be on its way to Provo.

On Tuesday night, Utah County commissioners met with the Provo City Council to discuss key points of a proposed convention center in downtown Provo.

The proposal calls for Provo and its redevelopment agency to build the parking structure for the facility and forego its requirement to have underground parking.

Paul Glauser, director of Provo's RDA, told the City Council that underground parking would cost up to $36,000, while ground-level parking could cost as little as $12,000.

The proposed convention center would be built on 200 West, between Center Street and 100 North, near the Provo Marriott. It would be three stories tall and 120,000 square feet, with a 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall and an 18,000-square-foot ballroom. Currently, the largest public ballroom in Utah County is 8,000 square feet, Glauser said.

Commissioners have requested that Provo and its RDA help the county acquire additional properties along the south side of the convention center site; assist with obtaining any available grant funding for the project; and work together with the county to provide future parking.

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