Developer lands hotel-conference center for Chandler

The Republic | azcentral.com
David Allred, Special for the The Republic

You see it in communities across the country. You recognize the benefits instantly. Large hotel conference centers hosting big meetings with people from around the country. You watch them pour out of the hotel and into nearby bars and restaurants. Or get out of buses to enjoy local shops and customs.

Over the years we have been privileged to do work in Chandler, building major office space that has helped bring many major employers to the city.

But while investing and developing here we noticed one thing, something major, that was missing from the city’s incredible business climate: a hotel-conference center.

Instead of seeing lucrative business conferences continue to go outside of Chandler, we are trying to stop this from continuing with a new 264-room Marriott hotel and conference center that will generate some $30 million in new state, city and hotel room taxes in just the next 10 years to help pay for police, fire, parks and amenities that separate Chandler’s quality of life from the rest of the Valley.

And that doesn’t even count the additional spending tourists using the hotel-conference center will be doing at local shops, restaurants and small businesses.

From Santan Brewing Company to Chandler Fashion Center and other points in all directions, cash registers will be ringing more as more visitors to the community will be staying within it.

I mentioned before the obvious benefits most of us see in other conference centers around the country. Now it’s Chandler’s turn. After so many years of trying to get a hotel conference center, this City Council may soon be on the verge of succeeding. That’s a vision realized, and one that will help residents and tourists alike rest a little easier in Chandler.

The response so far to what we are trying to do has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you. But we are not a company that likes, in football terms, to just get into the red zone. We like to score touchdowns. So while we appreciate the enthusiasm now, we’ll look forward to another day and another sports metaphor — opening day.

We are a company that has had many opening days with several million square feet of office buildings in the Price Road Corridor. But this upcoming one may be the most important, and best, yet.

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