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Work on convention center hotel begins

By Michael Bolden

convention111010.jpgRendering of the new Marriott Marquis hotel. (Capstone Development LLC)

If you travel west on Massachusetts Avenue beyond Ninth Street NW, the Jersey barriers and traffic barrels blocking the curb lane may have you wondering what's happening at the northwest corner of the intersection.

The site is the new location of the long-planned convention center hotel. Officials are scheduled to break ground on the project today, but construction crews have been preparing for the work over the last couple of weeks.

A $520 million, 1,175-room Marriott Marquis will rise on the site over the next 42 months. The 14-story hotel will incorporate the old headquarters of the American Federation of Labor, a landmark building on the corner that dates to 1916. That means there will be a continuing impact on traffic. The curb lanes have already been closed on Massachusetts and Ninth.

A press conference, with city, Marriott and convention officials, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to officially kick off the project, so expect additional traffic impacts today along the Massachusetts Avenue corridor.

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By Michael Bolden  | November 10, 2010; 6:25 AM ET
Categories:  Construction, District  
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Comments

so what happens to wardman park hotel an it's employees?... only time will tell...

Posted by: adamblawrence | November 10, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

It's outrageous that D.C. taxpayers are contributing $206 million of the cost of this hotel. If these hotel rooms were needed so desperately than private businesses would be tripping over themselves to build the hotel with their own money. Just another D.C. boondoggle.

Posted by: buffysummers | November 10, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

"so what happens to wardman park hotel an it's employees?... only time will tell..."

Trust me, the Wardman Park will be fine - totally different market.

The new hotel will be a draw. I hope they have sense enough to build sufficient parking instead of suscribing to the all too frequent "it's convenient to Metro" nonsense. Nobody puts on a tux or a gown to attend an event at a top-tier hotel and uses Metro to get there.


Posted by: ceefer66 | November 10, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"Nobody puts on a tux or a gown to attend an event at a top-tier hotel and uses Metro to get there."

@ccefer66, you're exactly right!, so if they build sufficient parking for it what stops the black tie affairs from choosing the marquis(which is their royal luxury brand i think)over wardman park ?... i mean patrons will be right downtown instead of up conn ave by the zoo...


Posted by: adamblawrence | November 10, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@ceefer66, i think i'm gonna have to transfer jobs...

Posted by: adamblawrence | November 10, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Gentrification!

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Gentrification!

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 10, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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