City Considers $4M Expansion of Unfinished Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C.

Although its brand new convention center is still under construction, the City of Wilmington, N.C. is already looking at plans to expand it, reports local newspaper the Star-News.

Work began on the Wilmington Convention Center in December 2007 and is scheduled to conclude in late 2009 or early 2010, at which point the center as it's currently designed will have a 12,000-square-foot grand ballroom, 30,000 square feet of exhibit space, 1,800 square feet of meeting space and over 12,000 square feet of pre-function space. A potential expansion would add another 10,000 square feet of meeting space at an estimated cost of $3 million to $4 million in addition to the $28.5 million that's already being spent on the center and an adjacent parking deck.

The Wilmington City Council was expected to vote on the proposed convention center addition early this month. If approved, architects would complete a design by February 2009 and construction crews would presumably start work soon thereafter in order to avoid having to build next to completed construction.

According to the Star-News, convention center construction is presently on budget but a month behind schedule due to delays caused by the discovery of contaminated soil at the job site.