Maryland-based Marriott International Inc. and CNL HospitalityCorp. will build the 950-room resort in the master plannedcommunity of Desert Ridge in north Phoenix, near the border of theupscale suburb of Scottsdale.

"The addition of Desert Ridge continues our long-standingcommitment to the Valley," said company Chairman J.W. Marriott in areleased statement.

On the drawing boards for more than two years, the Desert RidgeResort & Spa will be the largest in the state, surpassing the730-room Arizona Biltmore.

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