Work on convention center hotel begins
Rendering 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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