Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Marriott Readies for West End Demolition

After years of sitting dormant, plans for the GW Marriott Courtyard Hotel at 515 20th Street, NW are looking increasingly active. In March, the development team was shopping around for a general contractor and in May submitted a raze permit to the Historic Preservation Review Board to demo the six-story, 420-car parking garage the new hotel would replace. The 125,000 s.f. hotel will bring upwards of 150 suites to the GW neighborhood.

Mike Tyler of MJ Tyler and Associates, a representative for the development team, said the team hopes to begin the six-week demolition in "the latter part of July." From there, construction will begin "immediately" and will last for upwards of 20 months, delivering in early summer 2012.

Developer Allstate Hotel Partnership received original project approval in 2006, but was sidelined by a lawsuit from an unhappy ANC chair and the extended financing drought. The ANC and other Foggy Bottom civic organizations opposed the development, expressing concerns about the increased traffic and the likelihood of blocked streets during construction. When asked about these concerns, Tyler responded that the team is "working through that right now" and promised it would be a "very organized and professional operation." Construction noises aside, Tyler said "we're excited to get started, it's been a long time in the works.

Designed by WDG Architecture, the new nine-story building will squeeze in between offices and residences in the West End neighborhood. The general contractor is HITT Contracting.

Washington, DC real estate development news


Anonymous said...

Point of clarification -515 20th St NW is in the Foggy Bottom not the West End. West End includes points north of Pennsylvania. Foggy Bottom is south.

Anonymous said...

Can someone explain to me how tearing down a parking lot and building a hotel will bring more traffic? They aren't going to put two cars in the double beds.

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