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Summit Associates LLC,  A&R Development and Hospitality Partners Hotel Management
Building a $23 million Fairfield Inn & Suites in a Former Brewery;
Will be Baltimore's First Leed-Certified Hotel

BALTIMORE, Nov. 12, 2007 - The term "groundbreaking" took on double meaning today when J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Jr., chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) picked up a shovel to herald the construction start of a new, 154-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott-Inner Harbor at Historic Brewers' Park to open in the spring of 2009.
The first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified hotel in Baltimore City and one of several "green" Marriott hotels planned for the LEED certification company-wide over the next five years, the hotel's three-pronged ownership includes minority-owned A&R Development, a division of A&R Companies of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Long-time Marriott franchisees Summit Associates, LLC, and Hospitality Partners, which will also manage the hotel, also co-own the hotel. Project cost is $23 million.

"The new Fairfield Inn & Suites will bring us closer to achieving two major Marriott initiatives -- to become a greener and a more diverse company," said Bill Marriott. "By 2010, we plan to have 500 minority- and women-owned hotels -- we're currently at 400 -- and Marriott is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1 million tons, a goal we set in 2000."
Theo Rodgers, president of A&R Development, embraced Marriott's diversity goals, adding, "We are proud that our first hotel project carries the Marriott flag."
Gene Singleton, president of Summit Associates, said that the hotel is in the historic Jonestown District, on Baltimore's Heritage Walk, and on the site of the former Baltimore Brewing Company at Brewer's Park.
In keeping with the green theme, Singleton noted that materials from the original brewery -- such as beer storage tanks that will be used to collect rainwater, hardware, bricks, and the original Baltimore Brewery sign -- will be incorporated into the hotel's design.
Singleton saluted the hotel's interior designer, George Conte, who worked with the owners to create public spaces that would "emulate what was there" -- a favorite and welcoming community gathering place; and said that the hotel is complying, both during and after construction, with LEED guidelines established by the United States Green Building Council.
James B. Kraft, Baltimore City Councilman and "champion" of the city's Cleaner Greener Baltimore initiative, said, "In 2009, LEED certification will be a requirement for all Baltimore City developers. That's how strongly we feel about the importance of green building. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is taking this step without being required to do so by law -- they are doing this because it's the right thing to do. I am honored to help commemorate this milestone in our city, and I hope that this project will serve as a model for future development."
For more information on Marriott's diversity ownership and green initiatives, visit
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,900 lodging properties in the United States and 67 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Md., and had approximately 151,000 employees at 2006 year-end. It is ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best places to work for by FORTUNE(R). The company is also a 2006 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR(R) Partner. In fiscal year 2006, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $12.2 billion.  For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at
Formed in 2004 by Gene Singleton, who since the late 1980s has led the development, construction and operation of more than 50 hotels in six states, Summit Associates, LLC is a real estate development firm specializing in the hospitality industry. The company is currently developing 12 premium-brand hotels in the U.S. For more information, visit
Hospitality Partners is a hotel company founded in 1986 by partners Michael M. Dickens, John A. Vernon and Frederick J. Palloni, Jr. For more information, visit
A&R Companies is a family-owned and -operated group of businesses with nearly 30 years of expertise in real estate development, construction and property management. Founded in 1977 by William L. Adams and Theo C. Rodgers, A&R Companies today is led and managed by two generations of the Rodgers family, with full-service offices in Baltimore and Washington. For more information, visit


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Also See: Owned and Financed by the City of Baltimore, the $302 million Hilton Convention Center Hotel is Halfway Built; 85 Groups with 150,000 Room Nights Booked for Future / October 2007


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