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New details expected on new Downtown Evansville hotel

We should know more on Wednesday about the new downtown hotel in Evansville. 

City officials are expecting to receive the next round of information from the developer, and the mayor tells us he expects to have the deal finalized this month.

The property where the Executive Inn used to be has been sitting empty for years now. That's why city leaders are eager to get that information on Wednesday as the next step of building a hotel and convention center to compliment the Ford Center right next door.

14 News obtained copies of letters sent to city officials by several organizations saying they can only bring their conventions and their money to Evansville if there's a hotel downtown with at least 250 rooms.

The current plan is to build a Double Tree by Hilton Hotel with 253 rooms. The mayor tells 14 News that he wants it connected to the new convention center and to the Ford Center.  

City leaders say this is the time of year many organizations start booking their conventions and many won't commit to Evansville until they know for sure when the hotel will open.

"Think about all those associations that are not coming to Evansville on an annual basis because we don't have a convention hotel. We're leaving a lot of money on the table. We can be attracting hundreds, if not thousands, more people to our community on an annual basis," Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says.

"Just that percentage of new business could generate upwards of $6 million plus annualized for Evansville. That's good business and that's business we're not currently attracting," says Bob Warren of the Evansville Convention and Visitor's Bureau. 

Winnecke says if everything goes as planned, he hopes to break ground sometime in the fall.  

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