Marriott nixes San Benito hotel plan

SAN BENITO — Bye, Bye Marriott.

Marriott International Inc. has told city officials they will not build in San Benito.

The $19 million hotel and conference center was expected to be a big project for the area and sparked much enthusiasm among city officials and the community.

Announced with a ceremony just more than a year ago, officials had hoped the new venture would create profitable tax revenue for the city as well as many jobs, prosperity and growth.

The announcement comes a year after the Economic Development Corporation first announced the project at 2550 W. Expressway 77/83 on a three-acre site owned by the EDC.

At that time officials said ground would be broken in six months. That never happened.

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