City plans new hotel at Raleigh Convention Center ::


— On Tuesday, the Raleigh City Council plans to move forward with a new convention center hotel and downtown development.

The city scrapped that plan at the start of the pandemic, but is now refreshing the idea.

The original plan dates back to a 2018 Destination Strategic Plan that recommended building a 500-room hotel in the parking lot directly across from the Raleigh Convention Center.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau appealed to developers to build this hotel in January 2020, just before the pandemic.

The city withdrew that proposal at the time, but today it hears an update from JLL, the real estate company that came up with the original plan.

JLL was hired to do a refresh to determine if there is still a need for a convention hotel, how big that hotel should be and where to build it.

Dennis Edwards, chairman of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the city was losing convention business.

“We know that if we build the hotel, they will come because we literally turn down offers every day from our sales department just because we don’t have the number of rooms, the inventory of the hotel that they want. and want,” Edwards said.

The city council will have to decide whether to pursue the proposal again. WRAL News is following the board meeting and will bring you any updates.


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