Dallas to develop convention center hotel

Matthews Southwest to serve as project's developer

Some city officials had previously considered Woodbine, owned by billionaire oilman Ray Hunt, a logical choice to build a convention center hotel, given its development of the Hyatt Regency Dallas and Reunion Tower.

The company also leases Union Station from the city and owns dozens of acres of property immediately around the Dallas Convention Center.

"We were disappointed by the decision," said Cami Hardee, senior vice president for Woodbine. "We only really know what we've read at this point, so we don't really have any direction from the city just yet."