WashingtonBusiness Journal

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JBG had been fighting the selection of Marriott to developthe1,167-room Marquis hotel before it filed its suit in DistrictCourt,lodging a complaint last year to the city's Contract AppealsBoardthat was eventually dismissed.

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The hotel had originally been slated to break ground last year,after along-winded city legislative process and lobbying push thatended inAugust when Mayor Adrian Fentysigned legislation to provide $206 million infinancing for ahotel at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.The project hasseen one hold up after another even before the JBGsuit--namelythrough controversy regarding the public financing.

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The District's convention center hosts about a million visitorsa yearand generates about 500,000 hotel room nights. The hotelproject hasbeen widely deemed as essential if DC wants to morefirmlyestablish itself as a convention city destination. Theproposed hotelwill be a 14-story building situated on a two-acresite at Ninth andMassachusetts Ave. There will also be 100,000square feet of meetingspace and 400 parking spaces. It wasoriginally scheduled to deliverin 2013.

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