Meeting could push Birmingham leaders' plans forward

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A specially called meeting on Tuesday could impact Birmingham city leaders' plans to revive the Magic City.

The BJCC Board will meet to discuss plans to fund a 300-room four star hotel in downtown Birmingham. This hotel would be the centerpiece of the new entertainment district city leaders are hoping to build.  It would also include bars and restaurants.

The new Westin would make a total of a thousand hotel rooms within walking distance of the BJCC. It would be a big draw for potential convention customers.
    
Money for the Westin hotel would come from an increase in the city's lodging tax. It is a vote that Mayor William Bell has been working toward for months now and hopes the meeting will see the vote passed. Just last Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council approved language that said they intended to raise the tax from 3% to 6.5% per cent.

Birmingham's proposed downtown baseball park would also be funded by the lodging tax, but separate from the Westin hotel development

Mayor Bell meets with the BJCC Board at 6:00 p.m. FOX6 News will be there to bring you the latest developments.

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