Evansville Funding for Downtown Hotel in Doubt

By Associated Press | 

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Evansville's mayor says he'll keep pushing for city financial backing for a proposed 12-story downtown hotel even though a majority of City Council members have come out against the plan.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has proposed $37.5 million in city subsidies toward the estimated $74 million project. That would include money toward a 253-room hotel and a parking garage, while the developer would pay the cost for a planned apartment tower.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that five of the City Council's nine members say they'll vote against the plan.

Council Vice President Dan Adams said Wednesday the city should focus on landing a proposed Indiana University Medical School campus.

Winnecke says it would be at least 2015 before the state approves funding for the medical school plan.

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