The threat of the vote has delayed the selling of about $350million in tax-exempt bonds and the construction of the hotel. Butofficials still think both events can now take place by the end ofJune.

"This understanding with the developer (Austin-based FaulknerUSA) gives the Convention Center Hotel the green light," says JimGleason, president of the carpenters' council.

"This is great for working families, great for Denver and greatfor Colorado," added Gleason, as he fed petitions that could havestalled the downtown project into a shredder. The petitions, iffiled by Thursday's deadline, would have forced the project to avote in the November election.

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