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Green Bay Alderpersons show concern over developer’s plan for Clarion Hotel

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Green Bay City Center Hotel (Artist rendering provided by Edgewater Resources LLC)
Green Bay City Center Hotel (Artist rendering provided by Edgewater Resources LLC)

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A handful of Green Bay Alderman are being vocal about their concerns over an 11th hour developer’s plans for the city owned downtown Clarion Hotel property.

The city council will make a decision on one of two vastly different proposals by July 30th

The city has a current deal worked out to sell the property along with a $4 million hotel renovation. 

But just before approving that deal, Edgewater Resources came in expressing interest in the project. 

They want to build a new 4-star 16 story hotel with condominiums and other amenities for $33.5 million. 

Alderman Joe Moore was a skeptic. 

“It would be really impressive for the city, but I just don’t know if it’s right for us,” Moore said.

Edgewater also wants to build a marina, outdoor event space, a restaurant and bar with outdoor seating and provide space for a day spa.

Concerns were also expressed that Edgewater’s proposal could scare away a developer for the historic Hotel Northland.  That project is worth around $25 million. 

Alderman also expressed worries with Edgewater’s fit with current downtown plans, financing for the project, and the fast timeframe. 

The hotel would be connected with the expanding KI Convention Center and would have to be open by April of 2015. 

Council President Tom De Wane is a supporter of Edgewater's plans. 

“Truthfully I don’t really understand what their concern is… details working out with the city is what always happens with these types of projects, so I don’t know why they don’t understand that,” De Wane said after an informal informational meeting Monday with Edgewater.   

De Wane hopes Edgewater’s project passes but says it’s going to be a close vote next week. 

The city council meets July 30th. 

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