Judge strikes down petitioners’ request for city-wide vote on downtown hotel

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It looks like voters won`t get to decide on a new Kansas City downtown convention hotel. A judge turned down petitioner`s requests on Thursday for a city-wide vote.

The judge called the petition vague, but the main reason she gave for turning the petitioners down is she said that they were trying to pass an ordinance that was unconstitutional.

Basically, the new law would have kept the city from entering into contracts to build a new hotel without voter approval, but the problem is that the city has already signed those contracts.

Those contracts are to build an 800-room Hyatt at 16th and Baltimore, across the street from the convention center, and spend $35 million of public money to do it. The mayor said ending the legal battle was an important hurdle.

“So we are hopeful that we can move forward finally, and get done what we need to get done,” KC Mayor Sly James said.

It`s previously been reported that developers hope to have the downtown hotel open by the spring of 2018. Mayor James said with the judge just denying the petitioners on Thursday, it was too early to tell if the project will remain on schedule.

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