There are a few elements I would like to see included as part of the upgrade project for the north end of the Convention Center.
When Commerce Street is straightened a large part of the truck docks for loading and unloading will need to be removed. A replacement facility would be best positioned under the new construction between Commerce, Houston, and 9th Streets. There is a need for a "street-level" street to connect Houston and Commerce Streets and it would be well located between the existing exhibit space and the new convention hall. A descending ramp could extend from Commerce Street to the lower dock level, and an ascending ramp from the docks up to Houston Street. The street could be covered by sky bridges connecting the new building to the existing without requiring meeting attendees to leave the building while going from area to area within the complex. Along this sheltered street would be a good place for a covered taxi stand and drop-off and pick-up area for attendees. Whatever architectural style is chosen for the new building it should be symmetrical when viewed from north Main Street.