CONVENTION HOTEL: Developer Announced For Downtown Development

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A group working to build a new hotel near the Iowa Events Center says it has chosen a company to help develop the project.

The Des Moines Redevelopment Company said it recommended Mortenson Development, Inc. to lead the project.

Mortenson will start working next month with local officials on a concept and financial package for the 450 room convention center hotel.

Land owned by the group just south of the Iowa Hall of Pride at 700 Fourth St. is the proposed site for the new hotel.

The proposal is expected to be complete by next fall and then construction planned to start by fall of 2015.