Downtown Midland Now Planning Their Own Marriott Hotel
Midland City Council is looking at putting a Marriott hotel in downtown Midland but for it to be different from the Downtown Odessa Marriott.
According to NewsWest 9, city council also says there is local funding to make it happen and downtown business owners are all for it.
The plan would be to have it finished in no more than 3 years and to make it totally different from the Marriott in Odessa.
"What we’re talking about is something that’s very distinctly different from over there in Odessa," said Ron Stewart, Marriott International Regional Vice President of Development. "We’re not talking a full-service Marriott brand that exists over there so we’re still working through the iterations, but again, what we’re trying to do is bring something to downtown Midland that does not exist in downtown Midland and Odessa together."
That means travelers would be shopping at downtown businesses which means more customers and happy business owners.
"I mean a hotel would be great," said Seth Streun, Owner and Chef at Lost Books. "Anywhere within walking distance of our business would be fantastic. It’ll increase traffic. We already see quite a bit of traffic. Quite a bit of our customers, they’re coming in, they’re not local, they’re coming in from out of town."
At-Large Councilman Michael Trost thinks a new hotel downtown will help businesses and taxpayers.
"It's gonna be good for all entities downtown," said Trost. "It's gonna increase property values downtown. Of course that's always good for the taxpayers. That we've got now other property taxes coming into the city and a new hotel like that, it's gonna generate a lot of property taxes, so there's a lot of positives here. Many positives."
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