Tyler city council needs more time to decide on new convention center

Tyler city council needs more time to decide on new convention center
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - After hearing from community members, the Tyler City Council decided not to move forward with plans of a hotel convention center at this time.

At a March 28 meeting of the council, members of the Tyler community expressed their views on moving forward with a proposed $48,000 agreement with a firm to survey the rose complex as a location for a new convention center and hotel.

After hearing comments for hours, the council decided everyone needed more time.

"We got fed with massive amounts of information with a fire hose today," says City Council member Bob Westbrook. "That was one reason why I asked to table the motion so that we can absorb it and just make a good critical response, a good decision."

That decision includes where the convention center should be located.

Representatives from the Village at Cumberland Park argued that South Tyler would be the best location because the city already owns a space there. Another speaker said a location on the west loop would be best.

"In this process, you find different constraints with different sites," says Stephanie Franklin, Managing Director for the City of Tyler. "One of them may have topographic issues and that's really what we found at the south Tyler site, it does need a lot of infrastructure improvements."

Tyler Mayor Martin Heines says the decision will be made by more than just city officials.

"We are not going to pay the bulk of the money, the private sector is going to pay the bulk of the money," says Mayor Heines. "They will help drive an eventual decision on where a convention hotel will be located."

The council plans to hear more from those who commented in today's meeting, as well as possible private developers before they revisit the proposal next month.

Related: City of Tyler considering hotel, convention center at Tyler Rose Complex

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