Herenton to dissolve convention center feasibility committee

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton
Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton is dissolving the committee he appointed to examine the feasibility of building a new convention center in Memphis, Action News 5 has learned.

Herenton talked a couple of weeks ago about the possibility of building a newer, bigger convention center?

"I have a vision for this city," Herenton said.

The mayor even put together a committee to study the feasibility of building a $600 million convention center.  But a release sent out late in the afternoon by the mayor's spokesperson said "the feasibility study is being dissolved due to rumors and implied intention of the Mayor to direct the committee and therefore, any recommendation made by this committee would be perceived as tainted."

The mayor had no comment when asked to expound on the rumors he spoke of.

Convention and Visitors Bureau President Kevin Kane is on the feasibility Committee.

He didn't know it had been dissolved until he was called in Washington D.C. Kane said it didn't make sense.

"I really don't know what prompted this," Kane said.

Kane said he did confirm that the committee is dissolved.

"I got no reasons on what prompted the decision," Kane said.

Kane did say a new convention center would keep the city competitive. The same thing the mayor said.

City Council Chairman Myron Lowery said the mayor did not inform the council of his decision. He said it is another example of the Mayor keeping the council out of the loop.

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