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As new hotel opens, so does long blocked street

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- After nearly two and a half years of construction the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Wilmington is open for business, as is a street blocked for during its construction.

The General Manager says the custom-built hotel features architecture, technology and other features that make it a one-of-a-kind facility. The hotel has a bistro café and a Starbucks, as well as more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space.

The staff here says they are looking forward to being a part of the downtown community.

"We hope to get to full capacity soon," Director of Sales Carrie Deal said. "Guests have been calling and flocking in and ready to be here, so we are welcoming everyone and look forward to have full capacity here."

Construction stopped for a while in the fall of 2012 due to problems with plumbing, drainage and other issues.

The opening of the hotel also means the reopening of the eastbound lane of Grace Street between Front and 2nd streets.

The hotel hopes to have a grand opening celebration in March.

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Makes me wonder

Just how profitable the CC hotel will be, if it ever gets built? I don't believe that down town is such a tourist draw to make another hotel viable. Of course the city doesn't really care - all they care about is generating enough room occupancy taxes down town to pay for the CC anyway. ALL ROT generated down town goes for just that purpose, and NONE of it goes for what really drives tourism here - which is the beaches. So we have a Hilton, Best Western Coastline, a Courtyard and several B&B's.
It makes me wonder........

Vog

The tourists are all going

The tourists are all going to drive all the way from downtown to Wrightsville Beach to pay the increased parking rates.

WWAY...

Do a follow-up story on this in one year. IF they will release the number of room nights generated over a one year period, which will give us an idea of the amount of room tax generated.

Hope they pay their debts

It's nice that they have opened, but my company is still waiting to be paid for work preformed to help build this hotel and get it opened up. It seems the owners (C&N Hotels-Patel) agree to pay one price when the work is to be done, but after the work is completed, they want to pay much less than the agreed upon price. Pay up!!!!!

why not

prove your point?

Identify yourself.

Slap a mechanics' lien on the property.

Facts and actions speak greater than hidden innuendo.