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Salt Lake County once again accepting bids for developer of convention center hotel


SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County is once again accepting applications from developers to build a large hotel near downtown Salt Lake City's convention center.

The county announced Friday that it had re-issued a request for proposals after negotiations with Omni Hotels & Resorts fell through in August.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said Omni officials were asking for $15 million in upfront cash in addition an incentive package of about $100 million. He said that would be bad for taxpayers.

McAdams said in a statement Friday that the new request includes the offer of government-owned land on the north and south ends of the convention center property that could be available to build a hotel connected to venue.

Proposals for the 800 to 1,000 room hotel will be accepted until Dec. 4.

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