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Marriott breaks ground near Valley Mall

July 01, 2009

Cohenterprises and Plamondon Hospitality Partners held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for a Courtyard by Marriott to be built near Valley Mall in Halfway.

The multimillion-dollar project, which is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2010, will be a six-story, 96-room hotel with meeting rooms and extensive guest amenities, according to a press release.

Courtyard by Marriott is a hotel designed for business travelers, according to the release.

Courtyard offers a hot breakfast program, free weekday USA Today, same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities, an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, exercise room and express checkout. Market Express, a 24-hour "grab-and-go" food service, will be available on site for guests.

Washington County Commissioners President John F. Barr, Del. Andrew A. Serafini, and business and community leaders were on hand for the ceremony.

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Thomas B. Riford, president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, complimented Plamondon Hospitality Partners for moving forward with the project at a time when the economy is challenging.

Plamondon Hospitality owns and manages three hotels in Frederick County and the 104-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Hagerstown.

Peter Plamondon Jr. and partner Randy Cohen of Cohenterprises spoke at the groundbreaking ceremonies.

Coakley & Williams Construction is building the hotel, which will be on Halfway Boulevard off Interstate 81.

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