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Contractor could soon start work on downtown Evansville hotel project that's faced delays

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EVANSVILLE, Indiana — A contractor could start work in the coming weeks a planned 10-story hotel and apartment complex in downtown Evansville that's faced recent delays.

Project officials announced Tuesday that Indianapolis-based Hunt Construction has been picked as the builder. Developers sought new bids after the first round of proposals came back above the project's $71 million budget.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports developer HCW officials made design changes to bring down costs.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke tells WFIE-TV he expects final steps in the next few weeks will allow construction to start.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the hotel was held in March and a projected fall 2015 opening has been pushed back to 2016. The City Council last year approved a $20 million city subsidy for the project.

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