The Cape Girardeau City Council will vote today on a special-use permit that would clear the way for construction of a new Drury Southwest Conference Center and hotel at 3351 Percy Drive. The project needs a special-use permit because the facility would exceed the five-story limit for buildings in a C-2 commercial district. The proposed hotel portion of the building would be eight stories tall. City planner Ryan Shrimplin says the conference center and hotel would be built at the location of a two-story Drury Lodge that will be demolished early next year. The new hotel will have 168 guest rooms, 29 more than the existing hotel. The center would open in late spring or early summer 2017. The conference center would be funded mostly with private money. Mayor Harry Rediger and City Manager Scott Meyer said the public-private partnership is good for the city and the community. Rediger said the city could not afford this on its own. He said the city stood to lose “several hundred thousand dollars annually” for several years if it had undertaken such a project.