BJCC board fights to keep hotel plans alive

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The BJCC Board of Directors hopes to keep a $70 million hotel and entertainment district alive. On Wednesday, the board announced they will meet with the Birmingham City Council soon.

This week, Birmingham Mayor William Bell pulled the project off of the table after the council raised several questions about financing and control of the project.

The BJCC board says the project is too important to put on the back burner. "The ability to be at the table for a four star hotel speaks volumes for this community. We got to keep this project going forward," said Clyde Echols, BJCC Chairman.

Next week, the board's attorney Tom Stewart hopes to present to the city council members a proposed draft of a legal agreement to oversee the project. A meeting between both bodies is expected to be set up soon afterwards.

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