Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state has issued a request for proposals to the three contenders.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that three companies will compete to expand the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s West Side.

Cuomo first unveiled plans for a 1 million-square-foot expansion of the convention center in his State of the State speech in January, after which the state’s Empire State Development Corp. solicited calls from companies hoping to take on the job. The state has culled three applicants from the interested developers, all of which will have to respond to a request for proposals released Monday. The three contenders are Gilbane Building Company, a joint venture led by Skanska USA and a joint venture between Lend Lease and Turner Construction.

“This is an important milestone in our plan to transform Javits into a 21st century venue for the next generation, and I look forward to seeing this project get off the ground,” Cuomo said in a press statement.

The expansion will include a new truck marshaling facility, expanded exhibition space and new ballroom and meeting areas. The state plans to make its selection in early 2017. In the meantime, the corporation that runs the Javits Center will begin preliminary construction work to prepare for the expansion.

In January, Cuomo announced the project without saying how it would be paid for, though the entity running the Javits Center will likely tap into some of the lucrative real estate it controls to foot the bill.

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