Tucson city leaders in disagreement with Hotel Arizona ownerPosted: Updated:
Just days ago it looked like downtown Tucson's Hotel Arizona was in danger of closing for good if the city didn't agree to pitch in with taxpayer dollars to help.
City leaders say that's not their job.
It's been a rocky relationship between the city and Hotel Arizona owner Humberto Lopez.
Hotel Arizona is in tough shape, staff has been reduced and the hotel's restaurant was closed.
To stay open and viable Lopez says he needs the city's help through taxpayer funds. He wants to upgrade the property into a Doubletree and have the city build a new parking garage.
"The city does not have money or the resources to pursue these kinds of partnerships," said Councilman Steve Kozachik.
As far as council member Karin Uhlich is concerned, Lopez is on his own.
"It's up to Mr. Lopez to reinvest profits through HSL or other companies that he has to bring it up to par just as other business people do," said Uhlich.
Both Uhlich and Kozachik say they expect the city to hear out multiple offers for hotels downtown, but the city will only pursue those that are financially feasible and do not put the taxpayer at risk.