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The sign is up, construction on convention hotel to follow

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The sign is up and the shovels are on standby for the construction of the downtown convention hotel. 

The sign unveiled on Tuesday showcases the plans for the new hotel. The 12 story, 253 room Hilton Double Tree has been several years in the making.

Officials say the official sign reminds the city it's a reality. Construction could begin as early as next month. 

"I think the placement of the sign today says, 'Hey, this project really is happening. The funding has all been approved, things are starting to happen. We'll set a groundbreaking date in the relatively near future. We think it can happen in the month of December, but in the meantime, this sign says this project is happening. I look at is as a an early Christmas present to the city," Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said.

The Redevelopment Commission hired both a financial advisor and a city representative to oversee the construction project. Those individuals will submit reports to the city throughout the project.

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