The Salt Lake County Commission has tentatively approved a Sandy site for a new suburban convention center.

Last week the Salt Palace Advisory Board received proposals from five cities in Salt Lake Valley offering sites for the convention center, intended to relieve pressure on the overbooked Salt Palace. The advisory board recommended the Sandy site, at 9500 South and State Street, primarily because of its ease of access to I-15 and incoming light rail, the mature development in the area and the numerous hotel rooms within a one-mile radius.Tuesday the County Commission agreed, voting to move ahead with studies of possible financing alternatives for the building and land acquisition of the site. The convention center will likely be built on a design/build plan much like what was used for I-15 reconstruction, in which companies competing for the project help design it. While more costly, that helps the project move ahead faster.

Commissioner Mary Callaghan dissented, on the basis that financing has not been nailed down yet.