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$1M price tag for office suites questioned by commissioners

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Plans are on hold to renovate two office suites, a kitchen, and some restrooms at the Orange County Convention Center because commissioners are questioning the spending.

The price tag for the repairs is over a million dollars.  Convention Center Capital Projects Manager Jack McGowan says the two offices that are being repaired sit above the convention floor of Hall E, and are rented to the management teams of the people that book the space for each event at the convention center.

"They come in and they tell us the kind of spaces that they're looking to have. So we have the appropriate level of finishes for the show manager's space that is required by the client."

McGowan tells FOX 35 the renovations also include bathrooms that have to be brought up to current code for the Americans with Disabilities Act, and that the kitchen space that will be renovated is currently nothing more than a concession stand, but they need it as an important profit maker for the Convention Center.

"Catering is one of our biggest money makers, and so that's changed from when it was a concession stand to where we are going to catering."

Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards asked that the more than a million dollars in spending be pulled from consideration until he can get more answers.

"It's over a million dollars. I'm just trying to find out more about what the scope of services is, what renovations are being done. You know, for me it doesn't make sense to spend that much money."

More than $400,000 will be poured into fixing up those two rooms with 2,000 square feet each that are used by show managers.  Officials at the convention center want the item brought back up and approved as quickly as possible.  They want to have the space completed by January 1, 2014, in time for the big PGA merchandise show at the center.

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