First of all, apologies for not getting this recap up sooner...sometimes work just gets in the way.
- The Marriott Marquis hotel will be build on the parcel of land bordered by 9th St., Massachusetts Ave, 10th St. and L St. The facade of the American Federation of Labor Building, currently fronting 9th St., will be incorporated into the structure.
- Marriott also has ownership of the tract of and bordered by 9th St., L St., 10th St. and M St., and will construct two additional "boutique" hotels on the site. Those hotels will integrate the existing historical structures along 9th and L streets into the facade, and will also feature street level retail. Details about the "boutique" hotels will not be known until all details surrounding the Marquis flagship hotel are finalized.
- The Marquis will feature an abundance of street level retail. The corner of 9th and L will see the arrival of a "sports bar" (despite its name, Marriott officials were quick to say that the bar would not necessarily be a "sports themed" establishment, but rather would be a "high energy" bar-type establishment). A coffee shop will be feaured along 9th St., as will other yet-to-be-determined retail options. An upscale restaurant with outdoor seating will be located at the corner of 9th and Mass, and a "boutique" restaurant (the "hip" restaurant, according to Marriott execs--guess the other restaurant will be stodgy and boring?) will be Located at Mass and 10th streets.
- In addition, the hotel will feature a full service restaurant located entirely within the premises of the hotel.
- The hotel will feature floors dug as much as 75 feet below the ground, and will include 13 above-ground floors.
- The Marquis will feature a 30,000 sq. ft. ballroom and a significant amount of meeting space, and will be connected via underground walkway to the Convention Center.
- A special cut-out for a bus depot for large groups will be included along L St.
- The Marquis has an anticipated construction start date of June 2009, and will wrap up by 2012. No dates were given for the other boutique hotel developments.