NOVEMBER 23, 2004 - Posted at 4:57 p.m. CST
BRANSON, MO - Efforts to turn downtown Branson into a shopping and entertainment district are beginning to take shape.
The Board of Aldermen in the southwest Missouri resort town voted last night to negotiate a contract with Hilton Hotels, to operate a hotel and convention center anchoring the development, known as Branson Landing.
The board also was presented with an artist's rendering of the $300 million project. It will feature six separate areas with different architecture and activities.
For instance, the Neighborhood District will include family restaurants, a grocery and newstand. The Country District will be home to Bass Pro Shops. And the Station District will have a lookout tower.
Branson leaders hope the development will attract new business and conventions.