Bellevue's plans for building a conference center and hotel northwest of 36th Street and Highway 370 have taken a step forward.
The City Council approved an agreement Monday that identifies a hotel developer to work with the city on the project.
The agreement commits the city to working with Kinseth Hospitality Cos., but not to funding the conference center just yet.
“We've decided to go steady, but nobody's getting married yet,” city attorney Pat Sullivan said.
Twin Creek LP, another development company, also would work on the project.
Under the agreement, the city would develop and operate a conference center of about 30,000 square feet with a grand ballroom and smaller meeting rooms.
Twin Creek and Kinseth would be in charge of the hotel, which would have about 120 rooms along with smaller meeting rooms.
Bellevue Chamber of Commerce President Jim Ristow said the hotel would most likely be a Hilton or Marriott.