BY ALLISON KITE
A years-long struggle to bring a convention hotel to the evolving Kansas City skyline ended Thursday with a groundbreaking ceremony officials dubbed a "new chapter" in the city's downtown.
Standing before the dug-out city block where workers began construction last month, Mayor Sly James celebrated the addition to Kansas City's downtown, saying it was a culmination of hard work by several organizations.
Construction of the $325 million hotel is expected to wrap up in May 2020. The hotel, to be named the Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel, will create 600 permanent jobs.
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