Marriott, billionaire Johnson offer to build D.C. convention hotel

07/14/2005 | Washington Post, The

In an announcement that could resolve a dispute in Washington, D.C., over where to put a hotel for the city's new convention center, Marriott International and billionaire Robert L. Johnson have stepped up to offer to build the 1,220 room hotel next to the Washington Convention Center. District officials approached Marriott about the plan to use private money to build what will be the city's largest hotel, amid criticism that publicly financing the $400 million project could put funds at risk.

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