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Official downtown convention hotel groundbreaking set for Monday

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The official groundbreaking for the new $71.3 million downtown convention hotel is set for Monday.

The developer, HCW, and the mayor's office say it will take place 3:00 p.m. at the downtown Evansville location.

"The groundbreaking is yet another important milestone for this project and our local workforce is eager to begin construction," says Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. "The 257 room hotel will put our city back on the map for convention business, as well as spur additional downtown development. HCW has been a great partner throughout this process and we look forward to opening the doors in the Fall of 2015."

The project was set to start in January, but after a harsh winter, the developer says they are now ready to get the work underway.

"After a frigid winter resulting in sub-zero temperatures and significant snow fall, HCWE and city officials are excited to break ground and move the project forward," said Rick Huffman, President of HCWE.

The company says they have obtained agreeable financial commitments that pave the way for financing the hotel and convention center. Design drawings were approved by the city, and the architects and civil engineers are in the process of completing construction drawings, which will be submitted to the state in order to secure building permits.

"We are anxious to complete the final construction documents and go out for hard bids," Huffman said. "In the meantime, we are moving forward with site preparation and civil plans necessary to insure the construction logistics of the development and structural integrity of the buildings."

HCW officials say the hotel will be ready to open by fall of 2015.

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