We finally know what the new Sacramento convention center and community center theater will look like. Mayor Darrell Steinberg unveiled artist's renderings of the 320 million dollar project as the city council is set to approve the design at today's meeting.
Drawings of the new building on K street were made public at a morning press conference. Mayor Steinberg says the current convention center is good but the city is outgrowing the original building. "These open, light-filled buildings will change the western side of K street and downtown in much the same way the Golden One center is changing the east side," Steinberg said.
Vice mayor Steve Hansen says when the current buildings opened in 1974, things were quite different. "The president, Richard Nixon had just resigned. Cher hadn't yet broken up with Sonny. And the shows that started then still go on. But the buildings, unlike Cher, haven't had a wardrobe change or a face lift," said Hansen.
City officials say financing for loans and bonds will come from the hotel tax and will not impact the city's general fund