Orange Beach council OKs design for Gulf-front hotel, convention center

Developer K.C. Chiang’s designs for a high-rise Gulf-front hotel and convention center won unanimous approval from the Orange Beach City Council, but now the panel must decide if it wants to grant the developer a tax abatement worth tens of millions of dollars to see the project come to fruition.

During a two-hour public hearing Tuesday night that preceded the council’s vote on the designs, Chiang said that he and his partners need Orange Beach to share millions of dollars of revenue generated at the resort to secure their $160 million financing package.

Specifically, they are asking for half the sales and lodgings taxes for up to 30 years as well as the ability to levy additional taxes of up to 4 percent on the resort’s rooms and at its restaurants and shops.

Orange Beach council OKs design for Gulf-front hotel, convention center

Or they could share the millions of dollars with the citizens by cutting their taxes.