Lenexa approves financing for second hotel chain to be built in City Center

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LENEXA, Kan. -- Tourists visiting Kansas City will soon have more choice on where to stay as several new hotels spring up around the metro.

Tuesday night, Lenexa officials approved financing for a second hotel chain to be built.

Marriott wants to use up to $16.44 million dollars in industrial revenue bonds to build a SpringHill Suites in Lenexa's City Center. The hotel will be down the street from the Hyatt Place, which is currently under construction and set to open in the fall.

Also, off K-10 a brand new Embassy Suites is getting ready to open, and construction will soon begin on a new hotel in downtown Kansas City.

Officials say the sudden hotel construction boom is all tied into the economy. Because investors have confidence in the financial markets, banks are lending money to hotel chains, and since hotel chains want to be located near people, there is demand to build at Lenexa’s City Center.

"NASCAR comes to town with a race, as you know hotels in Lawrence and Topeka are impacted," Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm said. "We think we can gain some of that business. These hotels are really here more so to serve the Lenexa residents and their families when they are visiting or Lenexa businesses."

A new community center and City Hall are under construction as well in Lenexa, and many new businesses are quickly moving to that part of the city.

"No one chooses their hotels by just driving by it," Mayor Boehm said. "With the Internet, with reservation systems, with the power of the Hyatt, the power of the Marriott reservations systems, folks will be able to find them very easy off the interstate system at 435 and 87th St."

Lenexa officials say there is plenty of demand to keep the new rooms full even if they are located in the suburbs due to all of the youth baseball tournaments played down the street and many tourist attractions nearby.