|By Jesus Lopez Jr., Standard-Examiner,
Ogden, UtahMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Feb. 09, 2012--OGDEN -- Anyone with a few million dollars to spare can bid on a piece of Ogden history and a major part of the area's tourism industry.
The Ogden Marriott Hotel, 247 24th St., is going on the auction block. The Weber County Assessor's Office lists the taxable value of the property at $8.3 million.
The hotel will continue to be a Marriott and will operate as usual under a franchise license agreement, said Paula Butler, Marriott International global public relations senior director.
Butler said in an email that Marriott International is not always up to date with the plans of franchise owners, nor is it at liberty to share its plans.
The doors will remain open, the name will not change, and the management will remain the same. The only difference will be the title holder.
Sara Toliver, president of the Ogden/Weber Convention & Visitors Bureau, said hotels in the area go through similar changes all the time.
"There will be no changes locally," Toliver said. "No one will know the difference."
A notice of sale first ran in the Standard-Examiner on Monday. It is scheduled to run again next Monday and Feb. 20. The notice did not include a reason for the sale.
The Weber County Recorder's Office lists the owner as MA Ogden LLC and Easley, McCaleb & Associates Inc., based in San Francisco.
Easley, McCaleb & Associates describes itself as a national property tax consulting firm that works with commercial property owners to provide the equivalent of an inhouse property-tax department and says it does not actually own any property.
It is not listed in the notice of sale.
Other defendants listed in the notice of sale include, Hi Price LLC, Hi Boise LLC, Hi Renton LLC, Ca Lynnwood LLC, Hs Kent LLC, Ca Fresno Hotel LLC, Hi Sandiego LLC, Ca Santa Fe Llc, Ma Pueblo LLC, Hi Craig LLC, Cp Williamsburg LLC and Cp Engleqwood LLC.
All of these companies are limited liability corporations based in Delaware, but they appear to be tied to Trinity Hotel Investors LLC, a global hotel real estate investment company based in New York City. Trinity lists Ogden Marriott as one of its properties on its website.
The auction will take place at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 on the front steps of the 2nd District Courts Building at 2525 Grant Ave.
The sale is occurring less than four years after the hotel underwent significant renovations.
In November 2008, the hotel celebrated with a grand-reopening gala to mark a multimillion-dollar investment in the property, which included a complete renovation of all 292 guest rooms, a newly designed lobby and front desk area, a new on-site restaurant called Canyon Fish Market & Grill and Rocks Lounge, as well as redesigned meeting and ballrooms. Guests also had access to updated pool facilities and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
The hotel has deep roots in Ogden, as the company's founder, J. Willard Marriott, was born and raised in the area.
Neither the current owners nor local management of the Ogden Marriott returned calls seeking comment on the sale.
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