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Long-awaited downtown Fresno hotel takes another major step forward

Fresno’s long-awaited hotel near the “new” convention center took a step forward Thursday.

Courtyard Mariott is slated to fill the vacant lot next to the exhibit hall at the 22-year-old Fresno Convention Center complex at the northeast corner of Inyo and M St.

Thursday, the Fresno City Council approved the parking agreement with developer Metro Hospitality Services for the hotel.

Per the agreement, the hotel secured 200 parking spaces in existing city parking garages downtown for a five-year term.

The parking spots are for City Parking Garages 7, 8 and 9.

Garage 7, also known as the spiral garage, is situated on Van Ness Ave. and Inyo St.

Garage 8 is the underground structure adjacent to the Fresno County Superior Court off of Van Ness Ave. between Fresno St. and Tulare St.

Garage 9 is located at the corner of Van Ness Ave. and Merced St.

Once completed, the Courtyard Marriott will house 144 rooms and will cost $30 million to construct.

The hotel will also be located near Saroyan Theater, Valdez Hall and Selland Arena. 

The city initially entered into an agreement with Metro Hospitality Services to build a hotel on the site in 2017. 

It was set to be completed in 2020 and house 200 rooms, but the developer came to the Fresno City Council earlier in the year and agreed to an extension to complete the hotel by December 2024 with 144 rooms.

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.