The Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons officially opened with a celebration Monday.
Welcoming the new hotel to the Commons, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick said the new 159-room hotel will be good for taxpayers and good for local business owners.
“If you own a busines downtown, you are about to see more foot traffic every day, 365 days a year, because of means are staying instead of up by the airport where they’ll never find your business, never hear about it, now they’ll be able to walk past your bar or past your restaurant … helping pay your employees’ salaries and help you make a living,” Myrick said.
Myrick said the project will bring the City of Ithaca one step closer to being the “greatest small city in America.”
More than 100 people packed the Marriott lobby for the ribbon cutting Monday. Attendees heard from various speakers welcoming the new hotel to the Commons, and sampled cheese, charcuterie and mocktails. Part of the hotel is Monks on the Commons, which will offer American cuisine with a Southern flair.
The 11-story Ithaca Marriott, located at 120 South Aurora St., is a joint venture between Urgo Hotels & Resorts and Ensemble Real Estate Investments. The hotel adds 66 local jobs.
Approving and constructing the hotel took about eight years, Myrick said. The space was previously used for about six parking spaces.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul also stopped in Ithaca on Monday to welcome the hotel as a new “anchor” to the Ithaca Commons. Hochul said the new hotel will boost tourism dollars.
“The impact when you have a business like this that’s contributing to your tax base, it helps make your schools better, it helps your infrastructure. It helps everything. This is a very, very important day in this community, and it just telegraphs to me that this community has come back. It’s had a lot of long waits and I wanted to say I see the future is already here,” Hochul said.
Over the next 10 years, the new hotel is expected to bring in about $11.2 million in property, sales, and hotel room occupancy taxes, according to Heather McDaniel, member of Tompkins County Area Development. That figure includes sales and property tax incentives, McDaniel said.
Scroll down to see 15 photos from Monday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
Photos by Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice.