Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Downtown's Double Marriott Looking Good

The crane may have just come down last month for Williams & Dame's Courtyard Marriott/Residence Inn, but construction workers have wasted little time in finishing up the cladding on the building's eastern facade.  The 23-story tower, designed by GBD Architects, will create 393 new hotel rooms when it opens in summer 2014.  While the Marriott Tower was Downtown's lone high-rise bright spot when it broke ground in March 2012, an array of new and revived projects have emerged in South Park during the past year.  One block north on Francisco Street, IDS Realty and Shanghai's Greenland Holdings Group intend to partner on the $1 billion Metropolis development.  Across the street from Staples Center, the long-stalled Fig Central project was put up for sale this summer.  The Downtown Car Wash (seen in the foreground of the above picture) is reportedly in escrow, and will likely make way for a mixed-use development in the near future.  Williams & Dame Development also plans to break ground on a 450-room Renaissance Hotel in early 2014, located next-door to the under-construction Marriott.  Very exciting times for South Park.


  1. It looks good looking from the east towards the west, but i dont like the blank wall from the north side. Regardless, its good infill and im eagerly awaiting renderings for its bigger brother. Im assuming that the new tower will be about 30 stories tall as there are significantly more rooms. Its going to be fun to see the new hotel, all the metropolis towers and the carwash site being built at the same time

    1. Someone else commented about the windowless side of the building. I guess Williams & Dame expect the parcel next door to be developed, thus eliminating the view to the north?

      I'm also looking forward to the Renaissance Hotel. The height limit for the lot is 350 feet, so 30ish floors sounds about right. Seems like it's behind schedule though, since I don't see any indication that they've pulled construction permits as of yet. The DT News said that the sale hadn't officially gone through back in September.

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. The link for the "Fig Central Project" and "is reportedly in escrow" are the same. Will you please provide the proper link to the article regarding the car wash site being in escrow? Thanks!