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MASON CITY, IA – The Mason City city council has granted approval to enter into negotiations for plans to build a new hotel and conference center in downtown Mason City.
The plan is for the hotel to go in the parking lot right next to the City Hall building.
The hope is to also include some retail shops on the base floor.
It’s a multi-million dollar investment that is expected to bring more conferences and meetings to the Mason City area and coordinate with the Historic Park Inn to accommidate more over night guests.
City Administrator, Brent Trout is very excited about the project and says it will be a nice boost to the local economy.
Trout said, “It’ll provide us a larger number of people that’ll be here in the downtown area on a regular basis, which will provide people that will shop, eat, visit our night time establishments and give them a larger base of people to market to. And we’ll be able to keep people in the downtown area, make the downtown area more vibrant.”
Trout says there are a lot of details to go through over the next few months, such as the terms of buying the land and parking issues.
He’s guessing construction will begin sometime next year.