CHICAGO — Six potential buyers were invited to participate in a second round of bidding that could lead to the sale of the smaller of two downtown St. Louis convention center hotels owned by bondholders.

Bondholders took ownership of the Renaissance Grand Hotel and Suites earlier this year after foreclosure proceedings. The proceedings followed a default last December on debt-service payments on the $98 million 2000 issue by the hotel developer and lead member of the obligated group Historic Restoration Inc.

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