Section 11-40-19

Operation of hotel and related facilities by Class 1 municipalities and certain public corporations - Requirements.

In addition to all other powers heretofore granted by law, any Class 1 municipality that owns a civic center, or any public corporation that owns a civic center located within a Class 1 municipality, shall have the power to own and operate a hotel, together with any related restaurants, meeting rooms and other facilities and services commonly provided by hotels, subject to the requirements that (i) such hotel and such restaurants and other facilities are located within, or are located on a tract of land contiguous to, the area designated for civic center purposes by the governing body of the municipality in which such civic center is located, (ii) such hotel is of sufficient size and quality to accommodate persons attending conventions held at such civic center, and (iii) if such hotel is to be owned or operated by the Class 1 municipality, and if there is at the time a public corporation in existence that owns a civic center located within such municipality, such municipality shall obtain the approval of the governing body of such public corporation and the approval of the governing body of the county in which all or the largest part of the area of such municipality is located as conditions precedent to the ownership or operation of such hotel by such municipality, such approvals to be evidenced by formal resolutions respectively adopted by the governing bodies of such public corporation and such county. For purposes of clause (i) in the preceding sentence, two tracts of land shall be deemed to be contiguous if such tracts share a common boundary line or perimeter point or if such tracts are separated only by a public street or highway. A hotel shall be deemed to satisfy the requirement set forth in clause (ii) in the first sentence of this paragraph if either of the following two conditions is satisfied: (a) The governing body of the municipality in which such civic center is located, or, alternatively, if such civic center is owned by a separate public corporation, the governing body of such public corporation, shall adopt a resolution finding that the size, quality, and other physical and operating characteristics of such hotel are appropriate for its use as a primary lodging facility for guests attending conventions at such civic center; or (b) at the time such hotel is acquired by any municipality or separate public corporation, or at the time any project for the construction, expansion, or renovation of such hotel is undertaken by any municipality or separate public corporation, as the case may be, such hotel, as it then exists or as it is expected to exist after completion of any planned construction, expansion, or renovation project, shall have the largest number of rentable rooms of any hotel that is then operational and located in the same municipality.

(Acts 1989, No. 89-794, §1.)