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Miami Beach Convention Center renovation speeds up

The entire west side of the Miami Beach Convention Center is getting replaced as the renovation and expansion of the facility speed up heading into the first quarter of 2017. No events will be held at the center until late May, and work will continue for months after it partially reopens.

The $600 million redo remains behind schedule after planning, permitting and design changes slowed work earlier this year. The contractor, Clark Construction, is expected to submit a plan to recover lost time in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, construction work has intensified in the weeks after Art Basel. The plan has always been to completely close the whole convention center after the 2016 edition of the international art fair and keep it closed for some particularly heavy work until April 30.

But with the unexpected loss of some business, the city gained some time to catch up. After French design fair Maison & Objet canceled its 2017 show, which was slated for May, the city picked up an extra three weeks to continue work before the halls are needed for booked events. No events will be held at the convention center until May 22.

“Those three weeks will help us significantly,” said city spokeswoman Marcia Monserrat.

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