July 23, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Cobo in downtown Detroit getting $3.4M streetscape upgrade

John T. Greilick / The Detroit News, file)

Detroit — Cobo Center is getting a $3.4 million upgrade to its Washington Boulevard side designed to improve traffic flow and upgrade the streetscape.

The board of the Detroit Downtown Development Authority approved the project, which originates from federal funding, on Wednesday, according to staff. The development authority is a unit of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., the quasi-public agency that focuses on economic development.

The city’s main convention center has gone through a $279 million expansion, which added 22,500 square feet of exhibition space. Renovation that began in 2010. Its Washington Boulevard side was upgraded with large glass walled additions.

The number of bookings of Cobo conventions, trade shows and business meetings has doubled from three years ago and future bookings are also on the upswing, according to officials from the Detroit Metro Conventions & Visistors Bureau.

The improved Cobo has also sparked a hotel boom downtown, which is expected to have 5,000 rooms in the central business district in the next few years.