LETTER: No exception. The Convention Center has failed.
The reality here is that there is no “EXCEPT” that applies. The CC project is paid for by hotel taxes. The CC project is supposed to generate hotel rooms. The CC DOES NOT and is therefore a failure in its primary mission.
Not only doesn’t this project add any significant rooms to the marketplace, the 300 room, taxpayer-financed, private hotel takes away 3 times more rooms then the center adds. In other words, the CC would have to triple its output of overflow of rooms simply to have a break-even effect on the local hotel industry.
This topic is front and center because the LCCCA, as a result of the lopsided agreements with PSP, and many other factors, cannot pay its bills. But even if those agreements were actually fair, and all the other shortcomings from the electric meters/transformers and this and that all fell into alignment, the CC project would NOT be adding any significant number of hotel rooms to the marketplace and that is what makes it a failure… NO EXCEPTIONS!