Alicia Reece calls out 3CDC for ‘totally disrespectful’ behavior

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A rift has developed between one of Hamilton County’s top elected officials and developers in charge of an expansion to the convention center and the development of a new headquarters hotel in Downtown Cincinnati. Hamilton County Board of Commissioners President Alicia Reece called out what she said was “totally disrespectful” behavior she experienced in a recent meeting with Cincinnati Center City Development Corp., better known as 3CDC, which is leading the convention center expansions and hotel development. The drama comes as Cincinnati officials are pushing ahead on one of Downtown’s biggest projects, one officials say will help the Duke Energy Convention Center remain competitive in attracting large events and the crowds they bring. What happened? Reece said developers aren’t answering her questions about the amount of exhibit space and the number of hotel rooms the two projects will entail. Reece said she wants to know how much exhibit space the expanded convention center will have and how many rooms the new hotel will have. She wants a guarantee in writing the new hotel will have 800 rooms, the same number of rooms the now-demolished Millennium Hotel had. “We’ve got to get 800 rooms back,” Reece said. “That just puts us...