The Rouse Co. is considering the development of a training and conference center in the former Exhibit Center in downtown Columbia, a vice president of the company said yesterday.
The developer has undertaken a feasibility study on the project, which would be tied to the Columbia Inn, said Alton J. Scavo, a Rouse vice president.
"We have over the years seen the growing potential for this kind of training and conference facility, and the old Exhibit Center is only a few hundred feet from the Columbia Inn," Mr. Scavo said.
The Exhibit Center, which was closed several years ago, has been used recently by Rouse for office space for its employees. Space at the two-level, 20,000-square-foot building is also leased to other companies.
Under the proposal being studied, the management of the Rouse-owned, 289-room Columbia Inn would operate the conference center, Mr. Scavo said.
"The feasibility study will tell us if the Exhibit Center can be efficiently converted to a training and conference center and how large a seating area can be provided," he added.
Rouse "hopes to move forward with the project in 1992, if it makes sense," Mr. Scavo said.