Years after the idea was originally proposed – and approved – ground was broken this morning for Maui’s first airport hotel. A&B Properties and R.D. Olson Development held a groundbreaking ceremony this morning at 10 a.m. on the 3.35-acre parcel that will become a “Courtyard by Marriott.”
Construction is set to begin immediately on the triangular lot at the intersection of Old Haleakala Highway and Dairy Road. The “neighbors” across the street include Costco and Krispy Kreme.
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT – This is the architect’s conception of Maui’s first “airport hotel,” scheduled to open in Spring, 2012. (R.D. Olson Image)
While management and oversight of the project will be the responsibility of Olson Development, the 12-month project is expected to generate about 50 local jobs – primarily in the areas of contract and sub-contract affiliations.
A&B Properties VP Grant Chun said, “We are confident this hotel – long anticipated for sure – will be a welcome and convenient option for short-term visitors from the neighbor islands, government officials desiring proximity to Wailuku offices and, quite possibly sports events or family reunion attendees, visiting Maui for a few days.”
Chun added, “We do believe the timing is right, the economy is coming back — and Marriott is going to be a great operator for this property.”
The structure will be four stories tall, comprised of 49 studio king rooms, 79 studio double-queen rooms, six suites and extended stay suites. The hotel will be the first in Hawai’i to feature Marriott’s new “refreshing business” concept which provides guests with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between work and play.
We will have more details on the project in this week’s broadcast and webcast edition of Maui TV News.