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Construction to begin on new downtown convention hotel

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In three days, construction on the first new convention hotel in downtown KC since 1985 will begin.

It’s a $322 million project and that will be built right in the heart of downtown.

The area between 16th and Truman Road and Wyandotte and Baltimore Avenue will be transformed into a 24-story convention center hotel.

A bridge over Wyandotte Street will connect the new Loews hotel to Bartle Hall.

The hotel will have 800 rooms, two ballrooms, a restaurant, a bar, a lounge, retail space, a full-service spa, and a parking garage. 

About 1,500 construction jobs are expected to open up during the course of the project. There will be 450 permanent jobs once construction is finished.

“We’ve heard about conventions leaving Kansas City or giving up on Kansas City for lack of rooms and we have this funny deal where we still have vacancies,” said Ken Weiner who lives downtown. “We need more rooms in order to land big conventions, so I think this is great.”

Visit KC said conventions are already booked and that the hotel should be complete by spring of 2020.

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