The City Council has hired a consulting firm to prepare a report on the feasibility of building a convention center that officials hope would lure business turned away by the logjam at Orange County's larger meeting complexes.
Acting as the Redevelopment Agency, the council Monday voted 3 to 1 to retain Economic Research Associates for the first phase of a report to determine the viability of building a "smaller scale" convention center.
The center's proposed site is next to the Hyatt Regency Alicante hotel, near the northwest corner of Chapman Avenue and Harbor Boulevard.
Councilman Robert F. Dinsen cast the lone vote against the study. Mayor W.E. (Walt) Donovan was absent.
The report will cost $30,000 and include a survey to determine the project's potential tax and financial advantages. Subsequent phases, if approved by the city, would raise the price for the entire study to about $53,500.