KANSAS CITY, Mo. —The Kansas City Council has delayed a vote on seeking development offers for a proposed convention hotel and instead will hold a public hearing on the idea this week.
Council members had been expected to consider a recommendation from its hotel steering committee to seek developer proposals for the project. The advisory group said that would give the city a better handle on the potential cost of the proposed 1,000-room hotel and what public assistance would be necessary. One estimate has put the hotel cost at $315 million.
Instead, City Council member Deb Hermann asked for the resolution to be referred to the Planning and Zoning Committee for a public hearing. The committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in City Hall.
"I understand we've had a lot of hotel steering committee and subcommittee meetings, and they have been public," she said, "but I wanted to afford an opportunity for the public to come to the council."
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This would be the first council vote on the convention hotel concept since it established the steering committee last summer.
Council member Cindy Circo, co-chairwoman of the hotel steering committee, said the resolution seeking requests for proposals will probably be approved, noting it has 11 council members as co-sponsors. The measure would not obligate the city to pursue the hotel project.
The resolution also calls for the council to support the steering committee recommendation that a proposed hotel be built on the block at 14th Street and Baltimore Avenue, where the historic Power & Light Building is located.
A separate ordinance that would have the city pay $250,000 to secure a one-year option on the Power & Light Building and adjoining property required for a hotel project also is expected to be considered by the council this week. A preliminary option the city has on the property expires June 21.