Delay of KC convention hotel prompts concern, doubt

A series of obstacles is delaying a downtown Kansas City convention hotel, enough so that some city officials have doubts about whether it will proceed.

Obstacles include trouble arranging financing, a clouded title on city-owned property where the hotel is planned and yearlong talks to buy the American Hereford Association’s building, which sits on part of the proposed site.

The $311 million, 800-room Hyatt across the street from Bartle Hall was announced in May 2015. Still, more than a year later, ground hasn’t been broken.

The developers had hoped to begin construction of the hotel last May, with a grand opening in mid- to late-2018. Now, because of the problems getting the plan going, hotel backers think work won’t begin until early next year. That would mean the hotel won’t open for business until mid-2019.

City manager Troy Schulte said the longer it takes for work to start on the hotel, the tougher the project gets. “If this deal isn’t settled by the end of the year, then I think we’ll have to have conversations about a plan B,” he said

Read more: Kansas City Star

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