For some on the KC council, patience on the convention hotel is wearing thin

So what’s happening with that convention hotel in downtown Kansas City we keep hearing about but never see?

That’s what a couple Kansas City Council members wondered on Wednesday, enough so that they refused to consider a minor item related to the convention hotel during a committee meeting.

They said they wouldn’t take up the item until they learn more about what’s keeping work from starting on the $310 million project.

“I’m certainly curious as to where we are,” said Kansas City Councilwoman Katheryn Shields, noting that she understood that groundbreaking was supposed to occur in late September or early October.

Hotel and city officials indicate that the project is still on track, just no longer for an October groundbreaking. December is more likely at this point.

Officials with the developer have said for more than a year that they’re close to finalizing a deal to buy the property, but real estate records show that the American Hereford Association still owns the property.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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