The Erie County Legislature has approved $236,000 for new study that will give county officials additional information they need to help decide whether to build a convention center at a new site or expand the existing one.
The county has chosen Atlanta-based Tvsdesign to conduct an engineering and architecture assessment. In addition, the county will set up a $59,000 contingency fund to cover contract amendments with the company.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in March that he wanted to hire an engineering firm that can detail how much it would cost to build or dramatically expand a convention center at either site. The comprehensive cost analysis would factor in all related property acquisition, demolition, asbestos abatement and utility and sewer infrastructure costs. The analysis would also review a concept by Statler City developer Mark Croce to expand the convention center upward across the roof of both the current convention center building and the rear roof of the Statler hotel.