Public info session Wednesday on proposed Marriott Hotel in Downtown Ithaca

January 6, 2013

The City of Ithaca is holding a public information session the afternoon of Wednesday, January 9th about the proposed Ithaca Marriott Hotel to be built at the east end of the Ithaca Commons. The 5pm information session will be held in the Common Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall.

The proposed Ithaca Marriott. Artist's rendering from Urgo Hotels site proposal, courtesy of City of Ithaca.The proposed Ithaca Marriott. Artist's rendering from Urgo Hotels site proposal, courtesy of City of Ithaca.The proposed Ithaca Marriott would be built adjacent to the existing Rothschild Building and Green Street parking garage along South Aurora Street in Downtown Ithaca. The hotel would have 160 guest rooms as well as fexible meeting and banquet space in a ten-floor building.

It would be the third Marriott property in the Ithaca area, following the 99-room Courtyard Hotel built several years ago near the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, and the 106-room Fairfield Inn & Suites being built adjacent to Manos Diner in Ithaca's Southwest.

Downtown Ithaca currently has limited conference space, with a few small function rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn north of the Commons and a little more space at the Holiday Inn southwest of the Commons. The Holiday Inn will soon be replacing its outdated wing with another tower that will offer additional conference space.

The family-owned Urgo Hotels company, which will operate the new Marriott, currently operates 31 hotels in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, including several hotels each in the New York City and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas, and the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid.

Plans call for a ground-floor restaurant facing the east entrance to the Commons, with seasonal outdoor seating. The main entrance will face South Aurora Street and the Trebloc Building, and there will be an additional entrance from the City-owned Green Street parking garage, which will serve as hotel parking much the same way the Seneca Street parking ramp provides spaces for the Hilton Garden Inn north of the Commons.

The building is to be built on an irregularly shaped lot that currently holds a small parking lot with an entrance off Green Street. At the public information session on Wednesday, the developer and project team will present information about the project and answer questions from the public.

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