$311 million KC convention hotel gets final council approval

The Kansas City Council on Thursday gave unanimous final approval to the financing package to build an 800-room Hyatt hotel. The vote follows more than two decades of unrealized plans for a downtown convention hotel in Kansas City, and it allows developers to move ahead with a final design for the structure.

Backers, including tourism and economic development groups, hailed the vote as a victory for downtown Kansas City and its ability to attract major events. But opponents say it’s an unnecessary financial burden that won’t have a major impact for the city.

The project, which is estimated to cost $311 million, will receive about $164 million from public funding sources.

Construction could begin in the first quarter of 2016, with supporters targeting mid-2018 for the hotel’s opening.

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