City of Green Bay committee approves firm deadline for Clarion Hotel sale

By Kris Schuller |

Published 08/05 2014 09:18PM

Updated 08/05 2014 10:52PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) A city of Green Bay committee has drawn a line in the sand in regards to the planned sale of the Clarion Hotel in the city's downtown.

It has been nearly a year since the city of Green Bay approved plans to sell the Clarion Hotel to American Hospitality Management (AHM) for $2.7 million.  Tuesday evening a motion was passed setting a firm deadline to get this deal done - or else.          

The proposal came from Alderman Joe Moore, frustrated that the city still has not closed on the sale with AHM.  Moore persuaded the city's Finance Committee to approve a motion, stating if the sale is not concluded by August 19, that the property goes back on the open market. 

Moore says the city has used $350,000 of K-I Convention Center maintenance money to run the hotel, when it should instead have been already sold. 

The city attorney says this deal has taken extra time.  However, he is confident it will close by August 15. 

"We certainly understand everyone's frustration and reluctance in this regards," said Attorney Tony Wachewicz. "But at this point we're just focused on moving ahead and getting this done." 

"My confidence isn't as high," said Moore. "This date has been pushed back, back, back since last October. This is  just a line in the sand saying this has to be done by this time - get it  out of the city's hands  - we need to move on to the next thing." 

Moore says setting a firm deadline sends a clear message that the city is tired of waiting and is prepared to deal with other developers.

Mayor Jim Schmitt said today that obtaining easements and a franchise agreement for the hotel has slowed the process.            

The motion now heads on to the City Council, which meets August 19.

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