The Convention Center Hotel being proposed in Macon is perhaps the biggest White Elephant to hit the state in years. The Telegraph has new information about it.
A contingent of five Macon City Council members is pushing the council to reconsider the city’s hotel deal with Noble Investment Group.
The group, headed by new council member Miriam Paris, plans a news conference Monday at 11 a.m. at City Hall, according to a news release Paris provided The Telegraph.
Three of the five council members – Paris, Mike Cranford and Nancy White – voted against the memorandum of understanding that kick-started more formal negotiations with Noble in October. Those negotiations are under way, and Noble plans to build a hotel on city property financed with private capital and city-backed bonds.
The other two council members, Ed DeFore and Charles Jones, didn’t attend the council meeting when that vote was taken.
One of the biggest problems is that the people planning on building the hotel have, to my knowledge, never built one before. They are also going to build it on city property, so when it inevitably shuts down because of incompetence and mismanagement, the city is going to have abandoned property right on top of the Macon Coliseum.
For those outside of Macon, this will make it easy for you — the reason the city council chose the absolute worse plan is because the unpopular Mayor of Macon, for once in his life, chose to go with the competent, well thought out plan. The City Council could not stand the idea of siding with the Mayor, even though he was and is right.
In the meantime, several cities, including Columbus, have now asked the group that was rejected by City Council to come in and build convention center hotels — including Columbus, which once again will upstage Macon.