Towne Place Suites by Marriott
Construction has begun on a new environmentally friendly hotel in the Gateway District south of Gate Road. The 55,000-square-foot Towne Place Suites by Marriott will stand four stories tall, with 103 guest rooms. The construction of a privately funded hotel despite the severe global slowdown in hotel development is another strong sign of investor confidence in Quonset. The hotel will feature an energy efficient geothermal system for cooling and heating. It will use 16 wells to draw water from deep within the Earth’s crust to control climate. In keeping with the green theme, builders will use recycled and local material in construction of the hotel. The hotel is expected to open spring 2011.
The recent groundbreaking on Towne Place Suites, which will most likely be Rhode Island’s first LEED-certified hotel, was hosted by Governor Don Carcieri. Also in attendance were John Samenfeld, President, ProCon Inc.; Kirk Sykes, President of the Urban Strategy America Fund, a New Boston Fund; Robert Shapiro, Manager, Quonset Hotel LLC; Keith Stokes, Director of the Rhode Island EDC; Steven J. King, P.E. Managing Director of the QDC. The project is expected to cost $7.5 million, and to bring new jobs to the business park that already employs nearly 9,000.
Left to Right - John Samenfeld, President, ProCon Inc.; Kirk Sykes, President of the Urban Strategy America Fund, a New Boston Fund; Robert Shapiro, Manager, Quonset Hotel LLC; Governor Donald L. Carcieri; Steven King, Managing Director, Quonset Development Corporation and Keith Stokes, Director of the Rhode Island EDC
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