City issues request for qualifications for downtown conference center hotel

Columbus has issued a request for qualifications from developers for a new conference center and hotel, a mixed use development planned for downtown.

The city is also seeking a developer interested in pursuing an urban grocery as part of the project, as well as a residential apartment component now or in a future phase.

The request for qualifications is a summary of a developer’s past work, according to Columbus Redevelopment Commission members who issued it on Monday.

Two sites have been identified by city officials as possible locations for the hotel project: a Bartholomew County-owned site and adjoining parking lot, 2.28 acres between Second and Third Street just north of the county jail, or the Second and Lafayette street site which is controlled and owned by the city and the redevelopment commission.

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