Kansas City convention hotel won't go to voters
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Kansas City Council has decided that citizen petitions seeking a public vote on a proposed convention hotel won't go to voters.
The Kansas City Star reports the council on Thursday voted against putting the petition before voters largely because the petition undermines already signed, binding contracts with the developers of the planned 800-room, $311 million Hyatt hotel.
Dan Coffey, spokesman for Citizens for Responsible Government, which gathered more than 1,700 signatures to force a public vote on the downtown convention hotel, said his group will have to meet soon and discuss how to respond to the council's decision.
Mike Burke, an attorney for the developers, said the project remains in some doubt until the petition issue is put to rest.