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St. Louis Aldermen Pass $175M Plan for America's Center

Twenty-two aldermen voted yes, arguing the city needs to expand and modernize the facility or risk losing more conventions to other cities.

December 14, 2018 - 5:18 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Aldermen give final passage to a $175 million plan to renovate the America's Center.

Under the plan, the city would extend the soon-to-expire original bond payments of $6 million a year on the America's Center for up to another 40 years to pay for convention center expansion and improvements.

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Twenty-two aldermen voted yes, arguing the city needs to expand and modernize the facility or risk losing more conventions to other cities.

Three aldermen voted no: Northside Alderman Sharon Tyus, John Collins-Muhammad, and Brandon Bosley. They wanted the $6 million a year spent in poor neighborhoods, arguing downtown gets too much funding at the expense of the rest of the city.

A similar bill would have to be approved by the St. Louis County Council before it could become a reality.