CHICAGO - Plans for a new bond-financed, privately operated $425 million convention center and medical mart in Cleveland took a significant step forward this week with the announcement that Cuyahoga County will acquire the existing convention center site from the city for $20 million to make way for the new complex.

County commissioners are expected to ratify the deal at a meeting tomorrow. The agreement still needs approval from the Cleveland City Council and several other privately held properties must be acquired, but officials working on the 10-year-long effort to get a new center built called it a major Cuyahoga.

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