New Convention Center

Proposed for downtown by Reedy River

Evan Smith
March 14, 2019 - 3:30 pm

It’s been in discussion for a long time now, but plans to build a new convention center in downtown Greenville are now being revived as lawmakers seek $5 million in state funds to go toward the project. 

That would be a small portion, however, of the reported $50 million to $60 million it would take to build the new convention center, which is planned for some vacant land next to the Embassy Suits on the banks of the Reedy River.

And that price doesn’t even include the cost of the land itself, which is currently owned by well-known developers Bill Aughtry and Phil Hughes.

The city and county would each contribute $26 million to pay for it, although a significant portion of that would come from the private sector, according to lawmakers.

The new center would serve as an art museum, among other uses.

Lawmakers are estimating about $300 million dollars in economic investment as a result of the new center, a major factor in the push for its construction.

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