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Do you think there should be a downtown hotel?

The Evansville City Council will officially vote on the Downtown Convention Hotel project on Monday.

A majority of the council has already voiced their opposition.

14 News spoke with many people both for and against the hotel project the weekend before the vote. All of them are getting prepared for Monday's vote.

Phyllip Davis is the content creator for the Citizens of Evansville for Progress on the Convention Hotel Development Facebook page.

He says he plans on speaking at the meeting on Monday night.

"If we don't move with this, it also kind of gives us a black eye with future developments," said Davis.

He says the hotel will create jobs. Something that he says the community needs.

"There's a lot of people that would love to have a job right now and can't find them," said Davis. "You can go down the street to work one and you will see people down there all day long trying to find jobs so we need to do everything that we can to stimulate job growth here."

City Council member, Jonathan Weaver, says the hotel will add to Evansville as a whole.

"You have the beautiful library on one corner, you have the underutilized center which is a nice building, then you have the awesome Ford Center," said Weaver. "Now we just need a super awesome hotel to compliment that corner and welcome everyone into downtown and say, 'Wow this is a great place to be, a great place to live, and this is where I want to do business and hang out and just have a good time.'"

Some citizens agree with Weaver and Davis.

"They need to do something and they need to do it now," said David Meyer. "Talk about an eyesore: a big open field? That's really good looking for people coming into town. I realize that the county council had their agenda and their thoughts but the people of Evansville I think really want this thing built. Its going to take compromise, not politics, to get this thing done."

The size of it is an issue that is not up for debate and that is causing problems for the opposition.

"We are not in favor of this hotel because it is far too large for what's been recommended that could survive in the free market," said Brad Linzy.

He says the cost is also too high and, right now, the majority of the council members agree with him.

"The council is really best to just vote this down and go back to the drawing board," said Linzy.

That's something that Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has done again and again. The most recent change was a drop in price.

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