WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri January 27, 2012
Final Design Plans for Owensboro Convention Center Could be Made This Week
A decision could be near concerning the final design revisions to the downtown convention center planned for Owensboro. The Messenger-Inquirer reports two panels that will ultimately approve plans for the new center are meeting Tuesday at Owensboro’s City Hall.
The plan is for the panels to come to an agreement on the final design for the new 48-million-dollar convention center. Officials from a pair of architectural and engineering firms will be at Tuesday’s meeting to present their suggestions for the convention center’s design details. City Operations Manager Tony Cecil says the basic glass-front, two-level design submitted to Owensboro leaders six months ago has not changed.
The new convention center is part of Owensboro’s efforts to revitalize its downtown, riverfront area. Government and business leaders want the area around the Ohio River to be more attractive to both tourists and local residents. In addition to the convention center, the renovation effort has included a reconfigured marina, new parks, and a new hotel.