Clarion Hotel Debate Rages On
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GREEN BAY, Wis,- It's a debate over downtown development. Some Green Bay city leaders say a Michigan group's proposal to build a new four star hotel where the Clarion stands is over-development, but others say the city can support the expansion.
The project looks to expand the Clarion Hotel and connect it with the KI Convention Center and the Hyatt on Main hotel. City leaders opposed to this redevelopment project say it's just too much for Green Bay.
"We have a lot of development downtown," said Tom Dewane. He is the president of the Green Bay City Council and he backs the new hotel projects. He says top of the line hotels are just what the city needs.
"The way the developer, with the marina, the spas that they're putting into it and the other developments, this will attract so many people," said Dewane.
Developers revealed their plans last night.
"We're going to tear down the Clarion and build a 200 room hotel," said Ed Vandenack with Edgewater Resources, the company that's trying to redevelop the Clarion hotel.
That's causing other buyers in the downtown to second guess their development projects.
The prospect of the Edgewater project coming in may cause them to rethink doing the Northland," said Greg Flisram, the director of economic development for the city of Green Bay.
The two hotels combined create an extra 360 rooms, something critics of this proposal say isn't financially possible.
"The recommendation that came back from the hotel consulting company was that the market could support 135 rooms," said Flisram.
For now the debate continues over how much development is too much for downtown Green Bay. However, time is crucial in this decision. City leaders hope to accept a deal before the KI Convention Center expansion is complete. The city council will discuss this issue again next Tuesday.