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Discuss Kansas City’s new downtown convention hotel with the editorial board

What lies ahead for the site of Kansas City’s proposed downtown convention hotel? Mike Burke will discuss it with The Star’s editorial board Wednesday.
What lies ahead for the site of Kansas City’s proposed downtown convention hotel? Mike Burke will discuss it with The Star’s editorial board Wednesday. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Kansas City has debated the need for a new downtown convention hotel for a quarter-century. Now that argument may be coming to an end.

Groundbreaking for the Loews Hotel near Bartle Hall is now set for the fall. There have been changes — Loews’ participation is one of them — and there are still challenges before the bulldozers begin their work south of the loop.

What steps remain? What can Kansas Citians expect from a new convention hotel? Is the convention business slumping? If so, what does that mean for the $311 million project’s financing?

Join the conversation when Mike Burke talks about the hotel with The Star’s editorial board on Facebook Live. Burke, a former city councilman and candidate for mayor, has spent much of the last six years working on the downtown project.

When: 4 p.m. Wednesday

Where: www.facebook.com/KCStarOpinion

Who: Star editorial board members Colleen McCain Nelson and Dave Helling will chat with Mike Burke, lead attorney for the project.

What: The Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel

How: Watch live and submit a question. Or check out the video later.

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