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JC council gets three proposals for conference center

The Jefferson City Council has approved moving three proposals received for a conference center on to the second phase of review.

The three developers and their proposed conference center locations are:

• Ehrhardt Hospitality Group

Melgrove Lane, Suite 200, Hannibal, Mo.

Proposed location: state property adjacent to Broadway and McCarty streets

• Drury Development Corporation

721 Emerson Road, Suite 200, St. Louis, Mo.

Proposed locations: prequalified sites contained in the request for proposals (West McCarty Street and the Missouri State Penitentiary area) as well as additional sites meeting the city’s requirements.

• Farmer Holding Company

221 Bolivar Street, Suite 400, Jefferson City, Mo.

Proposed location: adjacent to Capital Mall

The developers will each be invited to present their proposals to the council in the coming weeks. The meetings will be held in closed sessions since the proposals are still under negotiation.

The council had sent out the request for conference center proposals in December 2012. The deadline to submit proposals was Jan. 31, 2013.

Jefferson City voters approved a lodging tax in 2011 to fund a conference center.

Followup article:

Council to meet in private with 2 hoteliers, local developer

Earlier coverage:

Conference center proposals to be revealed

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