CLAYTON, Mo. ( - St. Louis County leaders voted Tuesday night on to fund upgrades for the America’s Center in downtown St. Louis.

America's Center upgrade plan

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen already approved the $175 million plan in December but the city and county will share the cost of the upgrades.

The plan includes adding 92,000 square feet to the building as well as a new ballroom, outdoor pavilion and a public green space. Supporters say it would create a big positive economic impact in the area.

Supporters also say the convention center is outdated, costing St. Louis conventions and business.

The plan passed 4-3 with all three Republicans in opposition. Republican Tim Fitch said he voted 'no' because a measure to fund a recreation center in North County was added at the last minute.

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