A taller JW Marriott?

May 15, 2007
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Developers plan to unveil a significantly updated set of plans this afternoon for a JW Marriott convention hotel across the street from Victory Field. For one, the 1,000-room hotel will be taller than the 22 stories originally proposed, said Jeremy Stephenson, the director of development for REI Investments. He wouldn't say how much taller. “I think what you’ll see the next time is much improved, from a functionality as well as a look standpoint,� he said.
  • All right, the moment of truth. I'm assuming that architecture czar Jonathan Hess approved of this.
  • Finally! Only about a month late. All will be forgiven if they greatly increased the height and improved the design.
  • Slightly off topic, Jason, but I like your blog, and I've fallen for the Museum Plaza design in Louisville.

    As for the JW Marriott, I can only hope they've made it look less like a Crate & Barrel on steroids.

    Say, isn't Indy due for a W Hotel?
  • I'm not getting my hopes up...

    Speaking of a W hotel, we are due for one...maybe we can get one on the canal.
  • Wags, thanks for the compliment. I concur with your sentiment on Museum Plaza.

    Indy, I am waiting to see the proposals for the state's canal property. I'm really interested in what the over the canal project might look like.
  • jonathon hess is overseeing this? no wonder we got middle-of-the-road. sorry to be so negative, but he seems to represent mediocrity. i honestly, truly don't understand how you could be an architect and not have more creative juices than this (and i know that hess did not design this). my god, think out of the box! indianapolis gets duped again...

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