The city of Aurora and the developer of the planned Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Conference Center have countersued a group of Front Range hotels that are seeking to overturn state incentives for the project.
The nine Denver-area and two Colorado Springs hotels sued Aurora, the state's economic-development office and the Colorado Economic Development Commission last month, seeking reconsideration of an $81.4 million award last year under the Regional Tourism Act.
"Delays caused by this baseless legal maneuvering are unfair to the thousands of people who stand to gain jobs and to businesses throughout the state that will benefit from the hundreds of thousands of new visitors this project will attract each year," said Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan.
Hogan said the 1,500-room hotel near Denver International Airport is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and 2,500 permanent jobs.
"This small group of downtown Denver hotels is afraid of competition," he said.
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