Thursday, September 25, 2008

Convention Center Hotel Briefing Next Monday

One of the more frustrating aspects, developmentally speaking, of the Logan-Shaw area is the continued lack of a concerted effort to develop parcels around the Washington Convention Center. Progress along 9th Street has been slow, and 7th St. has been even slower. Two projects in the pipeline appear set to help reverse that trend and kickstart the redevelopment of the convention center area: Roadside Development's O Street Market project, and the Marriott Marquis Convention Center Hotel project. This coming Monday, you'll have a chance to come and learn firsthand about the plans for the convention center hotel project, which is slated to begin construction in 2009 and finish in 2012.

I don't think the importance of the development of the hotel can be overstated in terms of what it could mean for the convention center and adjacent neighborhoods of Shaw, Mt. Vernon Square and Logan. In addition to helping keep a number of conventioners near the convention center and the neighborhood, it will also serve as a catalyst for new development (and redevelopment) in its immediate vicinity. The hotel, coupled with the O St. project and the redevelopment of the old convention center site, are the three most important projects set to move forward in our area of the city. this is a wonderful opportunity to come and learn details about this important project, meet members of the Marriott team, and ask questions.

Details of the event are included below, courtesy of ANC Commissioner and CDC Chairman Mike Benardo. We hope to see you there next Monday!


You are invited to attend a briefing on the Marriott Marquis Convention Center Headquarters Hotel, to be located at 9th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NW. The groundbreaking will be in 2009 and the hotel will open in 2012.

The Briefing will take place at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, September 29, 2008, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Meeting Room 140A/B (Street Level/closest entrance is on the north side of L Street, NW). Don't miss this opportunity to see concept designs for the Marriott Marquis Convention Center Headquarters Hotel, meet Marriott representatives and ask questions about the project.



Anonymous said...

How was the Convention Center hotel presentation?

Mr. 14th & You said...

Very interesting. We'll have something up about it this evening. I think it's going to absolutely transform 9th St. and do what the Convention Center by itself could not. more to come...

14th & You said...

Mr. 14th & You is working on posting what he gleaned from the meeting. I was absent attending to a sick pet, but he'll be forthcoming with the details soon. I can attest that he's been racking up the extra hours at the day job recently.