That powerful, only-one chance for urban renewal will have its RFP come forth at Thanksgiving and the new medical school's location should be decided hopefully by Valentine's Day 2014, some four months away. Its construction would begin in 2015, which would allow the bond debt of the Centre to be paid off in 2018. A financial breather for us all would be allowed.
As our local history teaches us, hotels can come and go. Our projected medical school with its 1200 students, 130 residents, an exciting simulation center, a minimum of four or more hospitals and four major educational institutions is forever ! Thus, I know for the best bang for our buck, we must put all of our "eggs" in the downtown medical school basket first. City supported downtown hotels (then requiring very low equity input), parking garages, new living space, many permanent good paying jobs, guaranteed urban growth and a hundred years' worth of superbly trained medical personnel will most certainly follow, as it has in Scranton PA, Atlanta, Grand Rapids and many other locales. Many will criticize me for my lack of vision. I contend that vision is exactly what I am providing.
At this point in time, I will vote No on the present downtown convention hotel.