Salt Lake County begins accepting proposals for downtown convention hotel

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County is accepting applications from developers interested in building a large hotel near downtown Salt Lake City's convention center.

The county issued a request Wednesday for proposals for the long-awaited hotel, which must feature 800 to 1,000 rooms and convention space.

Proponents say the extra hotel and meeting space is needed for the city and state to attract and keep large conventions.

The Utah Legislature approved a plan earlier this year to offer a developer up to $75 million in tax rebates if the hotel increases tourism revenue in the years after it opens.

Hotel proposals will be accepted until Oct. 24.

A state review committee will then come up with a list of finalists and Salt Lake County will endorse a winning proposal.

The developer would then apply for the state rebates.

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