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Convention Center remodel starts next year

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WENATCHEE — The Convention Center will get a much-needed facelift early next year.

The City Council on Thursday approved hiring Forte Architects of Wenatchee to oversee the architectural and mechanical upgrades, and McKinstry Inc., a national company with offices in several Washington cities, to design the energy-saving upgrades.

The overall project is budgeted at $1.2 million. But the city hopes to win grants to expand the work. The city recently took out a $3.5 million loan to refinance the center’s…

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