Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick surprised regional leaders last week when he released architectural drawings of an expanded Cobo Center, the home of the North American International Auto Show and the subject of debate over a long-stalled expansion.

By releasing the drawings — which show a 166,700 square-foot expansion of the 700,000 square-foot facility costing $288 million — Kilpatrick said he was attempting to break the deadlock over how to move forward with the project. Auto show officials have repeatedly warned that Detroit could lose the lucrative event if the center is not expanded.

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