The Kansas City Council on Thursday approved a development plan that clears the way for construction of a Hilton Home2Suites hotel at 20th and Main streets.
“This is really the last milestone” in city approvals, said Jason Swords, a principal with the Sunflower Group, which partnered with True North Hotel Group on the project.
Swords said they hope to start construction on or before Dec. 1 and finish in 10 to 12 months.
The project required considerable negotiation by the city to remove a giant billboard and involved removal of the Main-Walnut Viaduct that crossed the southeast portion of the property, which spans 1.2 acres just south of 20th Street between Main and Walnut streets.
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City officials said the land is highly visible and ripe for development. They supported the plan for the 114-room Home2Suites hotel, which will also have retail tenant space on the ground level.