Several Kansas City Council members praised the new downtown convention hotel’s design Wednesday even as they continued to worry whether the project will be constructed and be successful.
The council’s Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday in favor of the development plan for a new 800-room Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Kansas City, directly across from the Bartle Hall Ballroom. The measure goes to the full council April 20 for final regulatory approval of a project that has been years in the making.
“This helps us grow the economy,” committee chairman Scott Taylor said in endorsing the project, noting the hotel will create more than 1,000 construction jobs and 350 permanent jobs, with 30 percent of those new hotel jobs guaranteed for Kansas City workers.
Mike Burke, attorney for KC Hotel Developers, said Kansas City has been losing conventions for years because it lacks 2,500 hotel rooms within walking distance of Bartle Hall, so this hotel will fill that void.
Burke said he is confident the financing pieces will come together. He said the developers expect to get a guaranteed maximum price from JE Dunn by late May, close all the financing shortly after that, have a groundbreaking in late summer, and open the hotel in late 2019 or early 2020.