Jefferson City Considering Two Proposals

4 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago Tuesday, November 12 2013 Nov 12, 2013 Tuesday, November 12, 2013 7:01:00 PM CST November 12, 2013 in News
By: Harris Chang, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY- The Jefferson City Council had a chance Tuesday night to compare two proposals for a city conference center and hotel.

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One proposal comes from the Farmer Holding Company, while the other is from the Ehrhardt Hospitality Group, a hotel operating company.

At the meeting, the council listened to a report given by the Johnson Consulting Group, a firm the city hired to evaluate the proposals.

In the report, Johnson CEO Charles Johnson, IV gave a detailed comparison between the two proposals, eventually saying the decision will come down to the city council's priorities.

Johnson said if the council decides to focus on the revitalization of Jefferson City's downtown area, then the Ehrhardt proposal would be better.

He added, If the council's priority is on development outside the downtown area, the Farmer Holding proposal would be better.

Johnson made sure the council knew that he felt both proposals, while having different drawbacks, would lead to success. 

Some members of the council were frustrated with not feeling "wowed" by either proposal. 

At one point during the meeting, Councilwoman Carrie Carroll said the question at hand is deciding what proposal would lead to most success. 

The council will hold another meeting on November 14. 

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