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WASHINGTON, DC-Locally based developers Albert H. Small and Bernard Gewirz are planning to replace their parking garage in DC’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood–an area of town dominated by George Washington University–with a 147-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. They have received approval for their plans from the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

Demolition and construction at the site, located 515 20th St., NW, will begin shortly. The hotel is scheduled for a first-quarter 2008 delivery.

Gewirz’s son Steven, also involved in the project, tells GlobeSt.com that the project’s final costs have not yet been completely calculated. “We estimate it will be between $30 million to $40 million.”

The new hotel will not be a traditional Courtyard by Marriott, according to Small. “This will be a boutique urban hotel, using the latest Courtyard by Marriott prototype,” he says in a statement.

Gewirz adds that they will use the Courtyard prototype rooms but more extensively develop the lobby and common areas, using higher-grade materials such as granite and marble, for example. It will still be a limited service hotel. WDG Architecture of Washington, DC is designing the base building, and HVS Compass of Rockville, MD has been selected to do the interior design.

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