Construction on Track for Courtyard Marriott

Published 08/16 2013 06:45PM

Updated 08/16 2013 06:48PM

PEORIA – The opening date for the Courtyard Marriott is set for May of 2014. It will have a bistro and indoor pool for guests from both Marriott hotels to use.
Construction has also begun on the skywalk that will connect both buildings and the parking deck. The property manager says it's a big project to tackle downtown.

"There are challenges and especially when you have to stage for large equipment. The crane just left yesterday and we pretty much had Monroe almost blocked up," said Gary Matthews, owner of EM Properties.

Matthews said he hopes to have a national coffee chain and chocolate, ice cream shop to go in next to the Marriott. He said there are also talks of a large restaurant or sports bar and retail space going in on the same block.

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