Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina $182 Million Upgrade Project Reaches California Coastal Commission for Final Approval

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor The San Diego port directors have approved the upgrade project for the Marriott Marquis hotel and marina. Signon San Diego reports the plan is off to the California Coastal Commission for final approval. The $182 million project features interior remodeling, replacing the Marriott Hall which is located west of the [...]

The San Diego port directors have approved the upgrade project for the Marriott Marquis hotel and marina. Signon San Diego reports the plan is off to the California Coastal Commission for final approval.

The $182 million project features interior remodeling, replacing the Marriott Hall which is located west of the twin towers, allowing public access to the bay and reducing the number of parking spaces. The coastal and port commissions are analyzing only the exterior modifications. Port commissioner Lou Smith said the decisive factor in his decision making was the commitment to increase the number of new jobs available: 400 in construction and 125 permanent.

The project mainly focuses on increasing the available convention space. Approximately $95 million will go into the new state-of-the-art 40,000-square-foot ballroom and equally sized exhibit hall which will replace the existing 23,000-square-foot Marriott Hall.

By reducing the number of parking spaces, the pedestrians will enjoy a clear view of the waterfront. The new 50-foot wide Marina Walk between the two hotels, which will be bordered by palm trees and other decorative landscaping, will facilitate access.

A 25,000-square-foot outdoor Marina Terrace will be built on a bayside parking lot and port directors have requested a minimum number of days per year that it will be available to the public, to be specified.

Upon completion of the project, hotel representatives expect an additional $3.8 million in hotel room taxes to be generated starting 2015 and $5 million in rent to the port is expected to be generated following an estimated 10 percent increase in hotel business.

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