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CSM Announces Development of Two Marriott Hotels
Near the Mall of America

Bloomington, Minnesota - November 12, 1997, - CSM Lodging, L.L.C., an affiliate of CSM Corporation, announced today that construction has begun, on a 204-room Courtyard by Marriott, and a 128-room Residence Inn by Marriott in Bloomington, Minnesota. The properties will be located next to each other on the former Eddie Webster site, approximately one mile West of the Mall of America at Interstate 494 and 12th Street. It is the largest hotel complex built in Bloomington since 1988.

The Courtyard by Marriott will offer rooms that boast both a sitting area and a large work desk. In addition, the Courtyard will feature meeting rooms designed to accommodate small to medium sized groups. Amenities include an indoor pool and whirlpool, an exercise room, and a full service restaurant. The Courtyard is designed to accommodate business travelers looking for moderately priced accommodations with a location that is close to the airport, as well as offering convenient access to Minneapolis, St. Paul or any of the southern suburbs. The Courtyard is also a great place for leisure travelers in town visiting the Mall of America or other area attractions.

The Residence Inn by Marriott will offer 128 rooms and suites ranging from spacious studio rooms to one and two bedroom suites. All of the rooms at the Residence Inn will come complete with a fully equipped kitchen and living room area.  Many of the rooms will also feature fireplaces in the living room area.  Additional amenities include complimentary continental breakfast, an exercise room, and an indoor pool and whirlpool. The Residence Inn is designed to provide a "homet1 like setting for the business traveler or leisure traveler staying for a few days or a few months.

"The Mall of America area, is one of the hottest hotel markets in the Country..," says Steve Dubbs, Vice President Lodging for CSM. "We are excited to fill a niche with these Marriott Hotels."

Mall of America Information
Mall of America
  • Opened on August 11, 1992 to a crowd ofover 200,000. 
  • Camp Snoopy is located under 1.2 miles of skylights. 
  • Snoopy's Boutique features the world's largest collection of PEANUTS merchandise. 
  • Camp Snoopy is home to over 400 trees 
  • 30,000 live plants are cared for daily 
  • 20,000 lady bugs have been released intoCamp Snoopy. 
  • 7 Yankee stadiums would fit inside Mall of America 
  • Over $12,000 per year of change is collected from their fountains and given to  charity 
  • 100,000 gallons of paint were used to  cover the mall.
  •  32 Boeing 747's can fit inside the mall 
  • Over 400 stores 
  • 12,000 employees 
  •  35 to 40 million visitors annually. 

"We are thrilled to have both a Residence Inn and a Courtyard in Bloomington," stated Bonnie Carlson, President and CEO of Bloomington's Convention and Visitor's Bureau. "It adds to our current product and brings something new to the hotel district, enhancing options for the numerous visitors, due to the success ofthe Mall ofAmerica."

Working with a locally based General Contractor, Frerich's Construction, CSM Lodging plans to open both hotels in May, 1998. CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation, owns and operates Country Inn in Woodbury and Fairfield Suites by Marriott in Eagan. CSM Lodging is currently developing 25 additional hotels across the United States, including three additional sites under construction in the Twin Cities Metro Area.

CSM Corporation, founded in 1976, is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. CSM Corporation, owned by Gary S. Holmes, is engaged in the development and management of real estate. In addition to its hotel division, CSM and its affiliates are currently the owners, management and leasing agents for over 4,500 apartment and townhome units, twenty-one shopping centers and over 10 million square feet of office and warehouse space.
Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Jnn by Marriott are divisions of Marriott International, Inc. (MARINYSE) Marriott International, Inc. is the world's leading hospitality company, with over 4,900 operating units in the United States and 53 other countries and territories.  Major businesses include, hotels operated and franchised under the Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield, TownePlace Suites, Executive Residences, Renaissance, New World and Ramada International brands; vacation ownership (timeshare) resorts operated under Marriott Vacation Club International; conference centers; food service and facilities management for clients in business, education and health care; senior living communities and services; and food service distribution.  The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has approximately 230,000 employees. In fiscal year 1996, Marriott International reported total sales of $10.2 billion.

Steve Dubbs or Barb Christensen
(612) 646-1717


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