Two developers brought a long-discussed plan for a Jefferson City conference center one step closer to reality by presenting proposals for the project late last week, but both plans differed from the city’s original expectations.
Farmer Holding Company plans to cut the size of the city’s requested 30,000-square-foot convention center to 20,000 square feet and cut a requested accompanying hotel of 200 rooms to 126, reasoning that those cuts would lower the cost of operation. The project would carry a price tag of $25 million, including $9 million from the city’s lodging tax fund.
Ehrhardt Hospitality Group proposed to build a 22,500-square-foot facility with a 200-room hotel though the developers stated they preferred 150 rooms. The company budgeted $36.8 million for the facility and planned a parking garage to be funded by the city.