Kansas City group abandons challenge to convention hotel

A Kansas City group has thrown in the towel on its campaign against public funding for a planned downtown convention hotel.

The group, called Citizens for Responsible Government, recently took its case to Jackson County Circuit Court, where a judge ruled the petition calling for a public vote on the hotel funding was unconstitutional.

The group said after several meetings it has decided not to pursue an appeal. That paves the way for planning and marketing of the $311 million, 800-room Hyatt hotel, which was approved by the Kansas City Council in July.

No timeline is set for groundbreaking on the hotel, but backers of the project said more information will be available within the next few days.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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