$585M convention hall awaits vote


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A plan to build a $585 million downtown convention center is expected to clear a final hurdle this week
after a decade of study and debate over the biggest building project in the city's history.

The Tennessean reports that Metro Council members are expected to give it final approval on Tuesday. The newspaper reports that
Mayor Karl Dean's proposal has support from at least 20 Metro Council members. Since no more than 39 members plan to cast votes,
that would be enough to win passage.

The facility would provide 1.2 million square feet of space. Supporters of the project say Nashville needs a more modern
convention space, but detractors think it's too costly.