Monday, August 01, 2005

Hotel, Here We Come

Earlier today, the Baltimore City Council voted out of Committee ordinances approving the use of public funds to build and run a downtown convention center hotel (see past League posts on hotel). The ordinances provide space for construction as well as $305 million in public funds. Supporters of the plan predict that hotel revenue will pay back the city.

Unless a supportive councilmember has a change of mind to a "no" vote, the plan will receive final passage at the August 15 meeting. The Sun reports, however, that Council President Sheila Dixon, a supporter of the hotel, does not take final passage for granted: "Who knows?" she said with a touch of frustration. "The problem is there is no consistency with them.... They have five other reasons [to say no] once their other 20 questions are cleared up."

Dixon is right: nobody knows. But if we had to take a guess, we'd put $50 on a new structure gracing our downtown skyline.

from The League: Reassembled with revisions

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