The plans call for a little more than 250 rooms. While some supporters say it's a good number, some opponents say it's too big for the city to handle, and they worry what might happen if it fails.
"I urge you to support this hotel in it's full scale and scope," says Keith Lochmueller.
That scale and scope: more than 250 rooms. Rooms that hotel supporters say can be built and filled.
"If Hilton think they can support 250 rooms, I sort of support that," says Amy Harbison.
The hotel's planned size of more than 250 rooms is taking center stage in the ongoing city wide debate over the proposal for a downtown convention hotel. The plan was unveiled earlier this summer. It's scheduled to go before the City Council for final approval September 9th. Jim voelker says the bigger, the better.
"I was involved with several conventions that came into town, and on the ones I was involved with, we had to book rooms at other hotels, along with the Executive Inn," he says.
But others argue bigger isn't better. David Dunn says the city can't support a hotel this size. He suggests the market should factor in to how many rooms the hotel should have.
"We feel that if the scope of this project can be apportioned to the market demand, that the public subsidy would be far less," he says.
One question opponents want answered is this: what if hotel plans end up being an albatross hanging over the city?
"What if this business sinks? What if DoubleTree abandons ship? If it doesn't go like we expect it to go," asks Martha Crosley.
Building a new convention hotel has long been a big dream of the city, but naysayers say they fear that dream may be a big flop.
The next hearing is scheduled for Monday, 6:00 PM, at Dexter Elementary School.