Racine, Wisconsin, leaders ponder hotel-convention center funding

A proposed agreement between the city and Racine Water Utility to spend an estimated $165,000 on water infrastructure for the proposed Festival Hall hotel and convention center will go before the City Council. Read The Journal Times story here

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Developer eyes $1B midtown Atlanta project

The board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will vote June 11 on a $1 billion plan from Portman Holdings for a midtown development. The plan includes offices, a hotel and retail space. Read the Saporta Report story here

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9 Simon malls in Southern California resume business

Giant mall owner Simon Properties said that nine of its Southern California retail centers have reopened. Read the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin story here

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Sports center gains L.A. commission approval

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has greenlighted a plan for a $1.5 billion urban district centered on a sports and entertainment complex at Warner Center. The plan by French developer Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield would create more than 10,800 construction jobs. Read the Los Angeles Daily News story here

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Developer eyes $1B midtown Atlanta project

The board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will vote June 11 on a $1 billion plan from Portman Holdings for a midtown development. The plan includes offices, a hotel and retail space. Read the Saporta Report story here

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What to expect from the JFK airport expansion

A $3.8 billion expansion of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport will add 500,000 square feet for seating, gates, restrooms and baggage handling. The project is designed for environmental sustainability, with one team each overseeing project management and IT. Read the Airport Technology story here

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Ritz Carlton construction continues in NYC’s NoMad

Construction of a 40-story Manhattan skyscraper that will include the NoMad Ritz Carlton Hotel has topped off. The hotel is due to be completed in 2021. Read the New York YIMBY story here

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Dream Hotel will be Cleveland Masonic Temple neighbor

A new hotel called Dream Cleveland will sit adjacent to the city’s historic Masonic Temple, featuring 207 guest rooms, multiple dining and nightlife venues and an on-site parking deck for 400 vehicles. Read the WEWS-TV story here

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New-look Plaza Hotel in El Paso, Texas, opens June 17

After more than a decade of design and restoration, the famed Plaza Hotel in the heart of Downtown El Paso has set an opening date. The 19-story hotel and adjoining Plaza Pioneer Park are slated to open Wednesday, June 17. Read the KTSM-TV story here

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$24M teaching hotel sought for Montana State University

Montana State University leaders are asking lawmakers to include a $24 million campus hotel for their hospitality program in next year's budget. Money is tight and so is competition from other building proposals, but after agriculture, the tourism and hospitality sector is the engine of Montana's economy. Read the Bozeman Daily Chronicle story here

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