Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said Saturday he's confident the proposed convention hotel will pass city council on Monday.
It comes after emails obtained by Eyewitness News show Winnecke and the hotel developer working to reduce the public subsidy on the hotel project in an effort to get more support from the City Council.
Both the Winnecke Administration and HCW have agreed to reduce the 'scope' of the project by eliminating the proposed retail building. That will save $5 million, according to the email. Furthermore, new data shows Evansville's hotel market is better than before and as a result, HCW as agreed to reduce the city's subsidy by another $1 million, according to the email.
This reduces the total public subsidy from $37.5 million to $31.5 million with the city committing $19 million of that for the hotel itself. The other $12.5 million will go toward ancillary projects.
"This is a project that's shovel ready now," Winnecke said,
Eyewitness News spoke with City Councilmen Conor O'Daniel and Al Lindsey Friday. Both said they will vote 'no' at Monday's city council meeting. O'Daniel and Lindsey said they would like the IU Medical School project to be prioritized over the hotel.
Winnecke said he supports the IU Medical School Project, but wants to see the hotel pass in city council. There are six confirmed 'no' votes. It needs five to pass.
We will be following this story throughout the day on Monday and bring you any updates as they happen.