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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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