A team of five consulting firms has been chosen by the city to draft proposals for the redevelopment of the Civic Center.
Barton Myers Associates of Los Angeles will head the team.
The city wants to renovate and expand the center auditorium for community meetings, cultural events and entertainment.
For its report, due in six months, the team will study management techniques, potential uses, traffic, parking and landscaping. The city will hold a series of public meetings on the project in about three months.