HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's bringing 140 hotel rooms, dozens of new jobs, and a name that attracts international attention. Thursday marked the groundbreaking of the new Courtyard by Marriott on 8th Street in downtown Holland.
When the mayor gets in a bulldozer, chances are that something important is going on.
"When the mayor is behind power equipment nothing good can happen, but this really we believe is a very good thing for the Holland community," says Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra.
The Courtyard by Marriott will have 140 hotel rooms, most of which have balconies. There's also a bar, a bistro, and of course a name everyone knows. The hotel will be run by Suburban Inns, which already has hotels in Grand Rapids and Holland.
"I live right here in town, we're bringing this great national brand into town, which will attract guests from all over the world," says Peter Beukema, Chief Operating Officer for Suburban Inns.
Right now, there's only two hotels in the downtown area.
"What we always heard from people is, 'We would love to stay downtown but the two existing hotels downtown tended to be full quite often', so that to me says there's demand," says Mayor Dykstra.
"The Tulip Time Festival draws 500,000 people over an 8 day period," says Gwen Auwerda, executive director of Tulip Time. "This will add 140 rooms so that'll be awesome."
City leaders say this project will be a job creator from the moment it gets off the ground and then it'll also have a long-term impact.
"They'll be employing lots of construction persons," says Mayor Dykstra. "But then the long-term impact, this area of downtown is really developing into a strong entertainment area."
The Courtyard by Marriott will provide jobs for about 100 people. It is expected to open next summer.