Jefferson City Residents Divided on Conference Center Proposals

3 years 4 months 2 days ago March 24, 2014 Mar 24, 2014 Monday, March 24 2014 Monday, March 24, 2014 7:32:00 PM CDT in News
By: Tatiana Darie, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Residents gathered at a public forum on Monday evening to discuss hotel-conference center proposals.

The Jefferson City Council is currently reviewing two proposals from private companies to construct a conference center. Ehrhardt Hospitality proposed to build the conference center and a parking garage downtown on 300 W. McCarty Street with additional parking at 211 W. McCarty/405 Broadway.

Farmers Holding Company wants to construct the conference center inside the Capital Mall, with the hotel to be built adjacent to the mall.

Most of the residents said they support the downtown location because it is within walking distance from the offices and close to the historic sites of the city.

"A conference centre has to be located downtown. What makes Jefferson City unique is not just a hotel called the conference center some place west of town, but it's the Capitol building, it's the Supreme Court building, it's the governor's mansion and the governor's garden, the old prison, it's all the features of downtown Jefferson City that are going to attract people to bring their meetings here," said William Steinmeier, a Jefferson City resident.

At the meeting the public also discussed the different financial plans which includes public participation requests. The city is proposing to contribute $9 million from the hotel/motel tax toward this effort.

While Steinmeier said the city council needs to be careful with not making the conference center an albatross for the city, he said the project could bring financial benefits. "It could be a great boom to our local economy if we are able to bring people in from all over the state of Missouri and the country," said Steinmeier.

But other residents were against the hotel-conference center initiative due to concerns about the possible financial burden on the city. "Where are they going to get the money? The taxes, can't keep raising taxes because people just don't have the money," said Glen Costales, a Fourth Ward candidate. As part of his election campaign Costales said he received input from 300 households on the conference center and claims nearly 91 percent were against a conference center.

Another resident told KOMU 8 News he think the proposals are not in the tax payers' interest.

At the meeting the public discussed the different financial plans which includes public participation requests. The city is proposing to contribute $9 million from the hotel/motel tax toward this effort.

The next public meeting is scheduled for April 7. You can learn more about the proposals here.

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Reproaction, an abortion rights group, held a rally Wednesday outside the crisis pregnancy clinic My Life Clinic, claiming... More >>
2 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:12:49 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Several employees at a Columbia day care say their boss has not paid them in weeks. Former... More >>
4 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 5:39:46 PM CDT in Target 8
COLUMBIA - On the day the Senate voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act, More than 80 doctors and medical... More >>
4 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 5:29:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri referred a case of possible misappropriation of funds by a former staff member from... More >>
4 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 5:00:00 PM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY - Customers are not happy with their trash service, some saying it’s been three weeks since their trash... More >>
5 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 3:46:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - President Trump sent out three tweets today effectively banning transgender individuals from serving in the military in any... More >>
6 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 3:32:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Leaders from around Missouri in affordable housing and homelessness services gathered to discuss concerns about proposed federal budget... More >>
6 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 3:30:00 PM CDT in News
WASHINGTON D.C. - President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity." He's citing... More >>
7 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 2:43:00 PM CDT in News
RAYTOWN (AP) — Two men died and five other people escaped injury in a suburban Kansas City house fire. ... More >>
7 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 2:17:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's refusal to throw out a lawsuit against Ferguson... More >>
7 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 2:13:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- Medical health professionals try to make students of all ages as healthy as possible going into a new school... More >>
8 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 1:18:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Tuesday evening on suspicion of stalking, after the victim reported finding him in her... More >>
12 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 9:27:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Motorcycle riders are leaving Wednesday morning after meeting Columbia families to help honor their fallen heroes. Tribute... More >>
14 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:41:00 AM CDT in News
OWENSVILLE (AP) — Two bodies found in March in a small Missouri pond have been identified as those of a... More >>
14 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:28:27 AM CDT in News
FERGUSON (AP) — The president of the National Urban League says he's seen "steps in the right direction" in Ferguson,... More >>
16 hours ago July 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017 Wednesday, July 26 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 5:42:58 AM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - The South Callaway County School district transportation department installed new cameras on its buses to help crack... More >>
1 day ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:22:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Conservation is encouraging eclipse viewers to visit the state’s conservation areas Aug. 21 to... More >>
1 day ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:45:00 PM CDT in Eclipse Events
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Relatives of the man who died during a shootout with police al ong a Missouri interstate... More >>
1 day ago July 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017 Tuesday, July 25 2017 Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:23:14 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 84°
10pm 82°
11pm 81°
12am 80°
1am 79°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

9:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
9:30p
Seinfeld
10:00p
The King of Queens
10:30p
The King of Queens

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Little Big Shots: Forever Young
8:00p
The Carmichael Show
8:30p
The Carmichael Show
9:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld