Proposed KC convention hotel nears deadline for showing progress

The developers of a proposed downtown Kansas City convention hotel have until Dec. 20 to show City Hall that they’re making enough progress toward getting started on the 800-room project.

The Kansas City Council met on Tuesday to discuss possible ramifications if the city lets an agreement with the developers expire in three weeks.

The discussion was held behind closed doors because legal matters were discussed.

Mike Burke, a Kansas City attorney who represents KC Hotel Developers, was not at Tuesday’s council discussion. But he said afterward that the convention hotel developers are making significant progress and will be able to demonstrate that by Dec. 20, a deadline baked into a development agreement struck earlier this year.

In May 2015, the group announced plans to build a long-awaited $311 million convention hotel near the Kansas City Convention Center. It was originally supposed to open in 2018, but various factors have delayed even the start of construction.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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