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San Diego's Marriott Marquis Gains Approval for $100 million Expansion,
Adding A Massive New Ballroom and Exhibit Hall While the Public
Will Get a New Walkway to the Bay


By Lori Weisberg, The San Diego Union-Tribune
November 20, 2012


This conceptual rendering depicts a future public walkway to the bay that the
Marriott Marquis is required to provide as part of its expansion
project. — Courtesy of San Diego Marriott Marquis

The San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is getting a massive new ballroom and exhibit hall, and the public will get a new walkway to the bay.

The California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved the $100 million waterfront project that calls for a new three-level, 35,000-square-foot ballroom and 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall.

That's about 14,000 square feet smaller than what was originally planned, a change forced by concerns raised about it encroaching too much into the walkway between it and the neighboring Manchester Grand Hyatt.

The new 68-foot tall Marriott Hall will offer roughly triple the meeting space of the existing structure, which will be torn down.

"We have to redesign the whole building because we’ve made compromises on preserving the view corridor and reducing the size of the meeting hall," said General Manager Tuni Kyi. "This creates the only opportunity, along a one-mile section between the convention center and Seaport Village, to have unobstructed public access from Harbor Drive to the bay."

For the rest of the story please visit:
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/nov/16/100-million-marriott-renovation-okd/


Contact:

Lori Weisberg, Staff Writer
San Diego Union-Tribune
350 Camino de la Reina
San Diego, CA  92102
619-293-2251
lori.weisberg@uniontrib.com


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