LIBERTY TWP. (WKBN) – The Metroplex Expo Center in Liberty reopened Wednesday after sitting empty since 2014.
A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held at noon Wednesday, allowing guests to tour the building and take a look around.
Universal Development bought the building last year and has turned part of the complex into an expo center with a new ballroom and meeting rooms. The 25,000-square-foot facility has been updated with new lighting, a modern-looking food court and outdoor patio.
The hotel portion of the building has been converted into a new self-storage facility. The units are climate-controlled and will featured 24-hour security monitoring.
Universal Development, which specializes in apartment and condominium management, says the company saw a need for a permanent space for conventions, trade shows, business conferences and wedding receptions in the area. It plans to bring back these type of shows to the Metroplex and anticipates attracting event goers from as far as Cleveland, Akron and Pittsburgh.
Company officials are excited to breath new life into a one-time hot spot and say this is just the beginning.
“It’s really step one of a multi-step plan, and we just felt like this was a good place to start. It was easy. It was what we could get ready the quickest, and also, it brings people in here to see what is going on,” said Melissa Hegwood, marketing manager of Universal Development.
Events are already booked at the facility. The center can accommodate events of fewer than 200 people to upwards of 4,000 people.
For booking or reservation information, call 330-759-1674 or 1-888-759-1674.