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Developer: Aquarium would be better than convention center

This overlay of downtown Albany shows a proposed entertainment district, including an aquarium and IMAX theater to be built just east of the Times Union Center.
This overlay of downtown Albany shows a proposed entertainment district, including an aquarium and IMAX theater to be built just east of the Times Union Center.
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For years, city and business officials have pushed for a convention center in downtown Albany, saying it would generate jobs and revitalize the area. Now a local developer is proposing that an aquarium with an IMAX theater and science and technology center be built instead. This week, Albany-based Omni Development Inc. unveiled a plan that would bring an aquarium to the site selected for the convention center. I. David Swawite, president and CEO of Omni ...


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