2017 TOP STORIES: City pulls plug on 21c hotel

City officials in March scrapped plans to help finance construction of a long-awaited 21c hotel proposed as part of a $55 million redevelopment of Old City Hall, then put the property back up for bid.

Louisville-based 21c Museum Hotels LLC and the city in February 2015 announced the project, which would have added a modern, 150-room hotel to the historic building at the northwest corner of Ohio and Alabama streets. Old City Hall would have housed the hotel’s lobby and a contemporary art museum with free admission.

But after two years, and still without a commitment from 21c that it would move forward with the project anytime soon, the city decided it was time to pull the plug.

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The project agreement signed by the city and 21c on Dec. 30, 2015, had shown the hotel owner needed to close on financing before June 30, 2016, begin construction by March 15 of this year, and finish by July 31, 2018.

The city now is in the process of seeking another developer to pursue a project at the Old City Hall property. In August, the city received responses from 11 groups through a preliminary “request for information.”•

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