Developers brace for lawsuit aimed at forcing vote on $310M Hyatt

Rendering courtesy of Hyatt Hotels
The proposed Hyatt convention hotel, shown here in a rendering by Hyatt Hotels | Rendering courtesy of Hyatt Hotels

Citizens for Responsible Government plans to file a lawsuit forcing Kansas City to put the proposed Hyatt convention hotel project to a public vote in April.

Mike Burke, the attorney who leads the group trying to develop the $310 million downtown hotel, said he and other project partners felt confident that development was ready to move forward in July, when the Kansas City Council voted 13-0 to approve an incentive package.

When CFRG’s petition drive to force a public vote on the matter fell short, the group began raising funds to cover legal costs and hired Jonathan Sternberg, a Kansas City appellate lawyer, who sent the city a letter on behalf of the petitioners that demanded the project be placed on the April ballot.

City Attorney Bill Geary formally rejected the demand via a Nov. 24 letter, setting up a possible legal showdown.

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