City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
“I recently spoke with John Q. Hammons, who assured me he wants to keep working with me and with the City of Lincoln on this hotel project. He also expressed his continued interest in a possible convention-arena center project.
“‘I talked to him about Lincoln being a great place to invest, and he agreed.
“He said he did not submit a bid for the block at 17th and “Q” streets because the costs changed, making it less economical at that site. He also noted that the Antelope Valley Project may take longer than originally expected because of funding issues.
“Mr. Hammons and I share many interests. He and I agree about the need to continue working on the possible convention-arena center, and we concur that the loss of the State Wrestling Tournament demonstrates the need for a larger facility to accommodate events that have outgrown Lincoln’s existing facilities.
“I indicated to Mr. Hammons that since the 17th and “Q” site is now cost prohibitive, the City would identify some alternative areas for him to consider for the hotel project. He was very open to looking at alternative sites because he wants to work with me and with the City.”