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City Of Gary To Sell Underused Convention Center Or Find Outside Vendor

The city of Gary, Indiana is looking to sell off an underused large convention center or find an outside vendor to operate it. The Genesis Convention Center in downtown Gary opened in the early '70s. It was supposed to attract large scale conventions and events but hasn’t seen the activity many hoped it would. The city pays for its upkeep and that’s getting expensive. That’s why the the Common Council supports a measure to sell the 7,000-seat arena — or at least partner with someone to operate it. Council president Ronald Brewer says there could be a bigger demand for the Genesis due to the recent closure of the Star Plaza Theatre in nearby Merrillville.

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