CHICAGO - A long-delayed bond-financed plan to renovate Detroit's convention center may finally be a done deal after the City Council this week declined to block the project.

The council's implicit approval removes the last obstacle to breaking ground on the $300 million plan to renovate the aging Cobo Hall. Cobo is home to the North American International Auto Show, which is one of Detroit's top economic engines and estimated to bring in around $500 million annually to the cash-strapped city.

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