Raleigh Leaders To Discuss Planned Four-Star Downtown Hotel
Posted January 18, 2006 7:01 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — The design of the future downtown Marriott is a work in progress. Council members had asked the developer to go back to the drawing board with certain aspects of the hotel. While both sides have agreed on some changes, others are still on the table.
Plans call for making Raleigh's downtown convention center hotel a grand one, but having a grand entrance on Fayetteville Street was a major sticking point.
Original designs called for a back-door entrance on that side of the Marriott. City leaders wanted to draw more attention to the new street. The developer finally agreed to a more prominent entrance there and will unveil those designs Wednesday.
The look of the downtown Marriott is not the only concern for the city council. Some council members feel the developer could use higher-grade materials. With $20 million in public money invested in the project, councilmembers feel they have the right to demand better quality.