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Developer Tabbed for Convention Center Expansion

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The Monroe County Convention Center Advisory Commission has selected a developer for a proposed convention center expansion.

Indianapolis-based Sun Development and Management Corporation outshone two competitors to gain the Commission’s favor.

In the commission’s July 11th meeting, Commission member Patrick Stoffers explained why he felt Sun Development is the better choice.

The 90-year-old convention center building is located at West Third and South College, and was once the home of Graham Motor Sales. The county converted the building into a convention center in 1991, then remodeled it in 2012.

This year, the county put out a request for qualifications, seeking a developer to construct an expansion.

The expansion proposed by Sun Development focuses on a 200 room hotel, with a pool, business center, and fitness room. The hotel would include 13 hundred square feet of meeting and banquet space.

Commission member Jim Murphy said although he’s okay with choosing Sun Development, he’ll like to see some changes to their proposal.

County commissioners will have to approve the commission’s recommendation of Sun Development before the advisory commission can work with the company on refining the project.

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