Winnecke Announces Hotel Groundbreaking

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Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says groundbreaking for the city's more than $70 million planned convention hotel could take place January 23. Our partners at Eyewitness News report the date must still be approved by the Evansville Redevelopment Commission, which is scheduled to vote on it today. In October, the project received final approval from the city council after funding details, including additional private investment, were announced.

In a message on Twitter, Winnecke also declared Evansville "back in the convention business" with the project getting on track.

As part of his message, the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau has released a publicity video calling the city a "convention destination." You can view that video by clicking here.

The Double Tree Hilton will be built by Missouri-based developer HCW, who is set to pump nearly $40 million into the project. It will include more than 250 rooms, dozens of apartments, a parking garage and will connect the Ford Center and the convention center.

A group of private investors, which includes Evansville-based Old National Bancorp (NYSE: ONB), are slated to kick in $11.5 million.

Sources: Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's Twitter Account, The City of Evansville, Inside INdiana Business, Eyewitness News