Council to Decide Fate of Hotel ProposalPosted: Updated:
The Evansville City Council could vote down a planned $74 million downtown hotel tonight. Several members would like the city to shift focus to a proposed Indiana University medical center. Our partners at Eyewitness News report Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has announced a compromise that could cut $6 million from Evansville's portion of the contract. That proposal would remove the plan's retail component.
The mayor contends Evansville has "the financial capacity" to undertake both projects.
You can view a video of Winnecke's case for the hotel by clicking here.
Reports suggest six of nine council members said last week they will vote against the plan.
Winnecke has long contended that the city needs this hotel to be in competition for any future conventions or meetings.
His request to vote on the plan September 30 was denied, and instead, pushed ahead to Monday.
Sources: Inside INdiana Business, The City of Evansville, WEHT/WTVW