According to the Austin Business Journal, the controversial 1,000+ room Congress Avenue Marriott on the former site of Las Manitas will open in 2015 as scheduled. The hotel will carry the “Marriott Marquis” brand.
According to the Austin Business Journal, “The Austin Marriott Marquis, which will be owned and operated by White Lodging Services Corp., is scheduled to break ground mid-2012 and will offer 110,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The hotel’s construction should generate more than 545 full-time construction jobs, and the hotel will employ 750 when it opens, Marriott said.
The hotel, at Congress Avenue and Second Street, will be two blocks from the Austin Convention Center. Plans call for multiple food and beverage venues, 374 underground parking spaces and a 4,500-square-foot fitness center.”
The city desperately needs another large convention hotel to attract larger events and the valuable convention revenue that comes with them. Two additional hotel projects are in the works on Congress Avenue as well as a project on Rainey street and a 1,000 room hotel just East of the convention center.