LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A pair of high-rise hotels in the heart of downtown Los Angeles could bring both hospitality and thousands of jobs to the city.

KNX 1070’s Margaret Carerro reports the mayor and other city officials were on hand to introduce the future site of two Marriot hotels.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilwoman Jan Perry joined executives from Marriott, AEG, and other firms at the site of the dual Residence Inn and Courtyard By Marriot that officials billed as being a first of its kind.

The location sits at the heart of L.A. Live at Olympic Boulevard and Francisco Street, where Villaraigosa said the excitement was palpable.

“You can feel the synergy that’s being created here, the synergy of investment, the synergy of people, the synergy of the city all coming together,” he said.

The $172 million project is expected to bring over 400 rooms to the bustling entertainment district that already houses Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre, along with as many as 5,000 jobs between groundbreaking and the hotels’ opening.

The new building will contain a 174-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 218-room Residence Inn by Marriott, as well as meeting rooms, restaurants and bars.

SODO Builders LLC will be the lead construction firm. The designer is GBD Architects of Portland, and Degen & Degen of Seattle is in charge of interior design.

Construction is expected to begin this spring and complete in the summer of 2014.

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Comments (6)
  1. Liver Lips says:

    5000 minimum wadge jobs with little to no health benefits.

    1. LAofAnaheim says:

      Proof? Or just using an empty statement to insinuate anger and hate?

  2. frank carson says:

    this mayor must live in a another LA.the one he keeps talking about is only in his mind.there is no way these hotels bring in 5000 jobs,the jobs they do bring in are very low paying.with very few good paying jobs.with other hotels going up and less and less people going to hotels how long do you think these will last.and I WONDER WHO IS DUMB ENOUGH to put their money it to a sure loser,I guess just the taxpayers they build everything else downtown.

  3. KeithS says:

    Agree with liverlips and frank. It seems as though every time the mayor makes an announcement he uses the magic word-JOBS. New stadium-JOBS. And now this-JOBS. Yep, 32 hour a week minimum wage jobs with no benefits. Of course, the timing on this is perfect-all those city workers he is going to lay off can apply to the hotel chains.

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