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Marriott Marquis convention hotel to break ground in November

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A four-star, $520 million headquarters hotel for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., will finally begin construction following years of planning, wrangling and lawsuits.

A media advisory issued Tuesday says the Washington Marriott Marquis will break ground during a ceremony on Nov. 10. The 1,167-room hotel will be one of only three Marriott Marquis properties in the country. It will include more than 100,000 square feet of meeting areas.

In May, a Washington judge dismissed a lawsuit that had threatened the project, clearing the way for plans to be finalized on the district’s 11-year effort to build a high-end resort hotel to help draw convention visitors. 

Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty, other local politicians and Bill Marriott, chairman and CEO of Marriott, are expected to attend the event. 


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