Has the Hays City Commission considered locating the convention center at the soon-to-be demolished Montana Mike's area. The infrastructure is in place, including roads and utilities. The conferees would have more choices in motels, eateries and retail shopping opportunities.
Fort Hays State University would have less travel and time involved versus a north Vine location.
I believe the economic benefits of The Mall location versus a north Vine one would be huge.
The north Vine property could be sold to help cover the expenses involved in the construction of a mall location.
A cost benefit analysis should be conducted on the two locations to ascertain the economic benefits of the most viable.