New Hotel Project Aims to Hire D.C. Residents, Black Contractors

February 25, 2011  |  

(Afro) — Beyond encompassing well over 1,100 rooms, lush terraces and hip retail shops, developers of the new Washington Convention Center Hotel claim the establishment will give District residents what they need most jobs.  After breaking ground in November, construction of the new $520 million, four-star Marriott Marquis Hotel on Ninth Street and Massachusetts Avenue is now underway. Developers say with the building’s erection, nearly 1,600 construction jobs will open. Additionally, once it’s completed, over 1,000 hospitality jobs will be available, according to a Marriott Hotel’s press release.

Hensel Phelps Construction, the general contractor of the project, said they have a series of goals and partnerships to ensure small business and minority involvement.  “You have to look at each aspect of the work and figure out how small minority businesses can participate,” Charles Eaton, the director of diversity and project development at Hensel Phelps told the AFRO in a recent interview. He added that among the company’s biggest contracts is one with a Black local business.

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