Construction set to begin on new hotel with major economic impact

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by MELISSA MAHADEO / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT McKENNEY

kvue.com

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 7:21 PM

AUSTIN -- It is pretty noticeable, appearing as a hole on Congress Avenue right now, but it is set to be the newest JW Marriott Austin come 2015, the largest hotel in Austin.

The 1.2 million-square-foot facility will feature 1,012 guest rooms. The Convention and Visitors Bureau said with 35 meeting rooms, it will be a huge selling point for businesses who are unable to book at the Convention Center, but who are still interested in Austin.

"There are already dates where we booked large conventions in conjunction with the JW Marriott where the downtown is booked solid," Stephen Genovesi said.

The City stands to gain $5 million to $6 million of the $16 million the Marriott will generate in tax revenues, but to some locals, the economic impact may not be as clear. The project is a major inconvenience to some locals who said downtown is already too congested as it is.

"I have to walk, like, three additional blocks to get from here to the next light," Rosa Adame illustrated to KVUE. "It is just too much."

Those involved in the project said they will try to minimize the construction's inconvenience until the hotel opens in early 2015.

The hotel already has 71,000 rooms booked between 2015 and 2020, and the bricks haven't even been laid.

 

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