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Mayor Lee Announces Major Expansion Of Moscone Center

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Attendees walk through the exhibit hall during the Macworld iWorld Expo at the Moscone Convention Center on January 26, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  Thousands of Apple fans and developers are gathering for the Macworld iWorld Expo to hear industry speakers and browse hundreds of exhibitors showcasing Apple-related products. The expo runs through Saturday.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Attendees walk through the exhibit hall during the Macworld iWorld Expo at the Moscone Convention Center on January 26, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Thousands of Apple fans and developers are gathering for the Macworld iWorld Expo to hear industry speakers and browse hundreds of exhibitors showcasing Apple-related products. The expo runs through Saturday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced Thursday plans for a major expansion of the city’s Moscone Convention Center.

Exhibit space at the center could double with the expansion, the first phase of which is expected to be completed by early 2018, Lee said.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

“Conventioneers were telling us they need more exhibit space,” he said. “It’s still too small for the large conventions.”

Lee said plans for the expansion are still being crafted and should be unveiled later this year, and that the city is looking to expand further underground rather than construct a new building.

The expansion is part of a 25-year master plan Lee announced Thursday for the center, which hosts about 50 events annually, according to the mayor’s office.

Lee made the announcement at the San Francisco Travel Association’s annual luncheon, which was hosted at Moscone Center and was attended by various civic and business leaders, including Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and former Mayors Willie Brown and Frank Jordan.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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