Capital Convention Center Plans May Come to a Halt
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City project, decades in the making, could die if no proposals are turned in by the end of the month.The capital city is on it's third attempt in 30 years to build a convention center to host events and meetings.
After a failed tax initiative, the city can now only invest $9 million in the project and is relying on others' proposals. Those proposals could come from potential investors such as hotel chains. If the city does not get a proposal submitted by January 31, this attempt would fall in line with the two other proposals that failed in the past.
City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said the convention center would be used by one of the biggest industries in Jefferson City...associations. "We have a lot of associations in Jefferson City and most of them would like to have meetings ad we just don't have the facilities. So right now we are in the situation where we're actually losing meetings that we used to have. And now as they grow, they are forced to go somewhere else. We can only accomadate very small meetings at present," said Nickolaus.
Nickolaus says if no one submits proposals by the 31, the city will abandon the project, but he hopes this is not the outcome.