Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke addressed new concerns, Wednesday, over the proposed downtown hotel project.
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke addressed new concerns, Wednesday, over the proposed downtown hotel project. Winnecke held a press conference after meeting with City Council leadership. During that meeting, Winnecke said council members threw a curve ball at the project by suggesting the hotel is being pursued out of turn. According to Councilman John Friend, the council wants to pursue the I.U. Medical School to downtown first, and then focus on a hotel. Friend told Eyewitness News that scoring the med school could be the "Toyota of downtown Evansville".
However, Mayor Winnecke says the IU Med School project is likely two years away, and is urging council members not to pass up on the hotel, which he calls a "shovel ready" project.
Winnecke says the council will vote on the hotel on Monday after originally requesting a September 30th vote. When asked what happens if the hotel is voted down, Winnecke said, "I don't know....I don't know".
The Mayor admits the vote will be close. So who's likely to vote which way? Jordan Vandenberge will have a live update coming up on Eyewitness News at Noon.
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