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Groundbreaking for Evansville's downtown hotel delayed

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Another small setback for the construction of the downtown convention hotel in Evansville.

The groundbreaking was set for January 23, but officials say it could now be more than a month before things get underway.

There are several reasons for the groundbreaking delay, one of which is just the bitter cold temperatures we've had. Officials say it's hard to have a groundbreaking when you can't get the shovel in the ground.

Mayor Winnecke says crews with developer HCW have been doing some geo-technical studies on the site and during that process they discovered several moorings in the ground that once supported the parking garage.

Mayor Winnecke says that HCW thinks they can redesign the foundation around the moorings without having to remove them. He also tells us there are contingencies built into the financial contract when hiccups like this one come up to prevent unexpected expenses for the taxpayers.

The mayor says despite the delayed groundbreaking there are several new developments to the hotel that are moving plans forward.

"HCW did respond today to the ERC with new design elements which the ERC will take under advisement," said Mayor Winnecke. "And in Indianapolis today, the state building commissioner's office is considering building plan approvals for the hotel and we anticipate that those will be approved today, he said. "So all still going on track, still looking for an early fall 2015 opening."

Mayor Winnecke says they haven't set a new groundbreaking date because it's all weather dependent, but it could be early February.

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