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Marion Hotel Development

Challenge

Developer Gibbs Lamb Drown (GLD) wants to turn a 4 ½-acre former industrial site into a welcoming commercial hotspot adjacent to downtown Marion, Iowa. The City of Marion wants to offer more hospitality options, and complement it's downtown niche shopping spots with opportunities to shop at a chain retail store.
 

Solution

A four-building complex is planned, which will potentially include a hotel, restaurants, a bank and retail space. The hotel is located on the east end of the site with commercial spaces near the roundabout. The restaurants, bank and retail spaces will be right off the main road, easy to see and easy to access.
 
Greenspace will be maximized with plans to integrate a nearby trail system into the site, so bicyclists and pedestrians can visit retail spots, eat at restaurants and rest. There will also be room for a couple of the restaurants to have outdoor eating spaces.
 

Impact

This project will turn a former industrial site into a place that attracts people to downtown Marion. Residents will be able to shop downtown instead of driving to surrounding communities. Likewise, new restaurants will offer more choices for residents. And visitors to the city will now have an upscale option to stay at the new hotel.
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