For Immediate Release
Portland, Me March 5, 2013 – Vin Veroneau, President of JB Brown & Sons and a group of investors began construction on a 131 room Courtyard by Marriott in the Old Port at the corner of Maple and Commercial streets. The project will include a 7100 sq. ft. restaurant and 14 luxury apartments on the top floor. The hotel expects to be open for the summer of 2014.
Courtyard by Marriott is one of the world’s leading hotel brands and is aimed at business travelers. This hotel will showcase the newest design elements and will be one of the first Courtyards with the new prototype aimed at exciting younger business travelers and families. The Courtyard Bistro serves Starbucks all day as well as breakfast, dinner and drinks. Phil Borkowski, Vice President of the Courtyard brand suggests; “The Old Port is a perfect location to help launch the exciting new Courtyard design. It provides for the needs of the Boomers and the Millennium generations.” Vin Veroneau explains, “JB Brown has been vested in the community since 1845 and we believe that our investment in this project shows our continued enthusiasm and commitment to Portland.” Sean Riley, CEO, Maine Course Hospitality Group, remarks, “Partnering with such a strong community based leader on this exciting project is perfect for our company.”
This downtown hotel will feature three meeting rooms, a state of the art fitness room, valet parking and indoor pool. Many rooms will offer views of Portland Harbor. The Bistro provides media booths with TV’s and a place for impromptu meetings. The interactive “Go Board” enhances Guest services. Marriott Rewards, the guest rewards program, is one of the top programs in the world.
Portland based JB Brown is one of the oldest and largest property owners in Portland, focusing on perpetual ownership for over 185 years. Freeport based Maine Course Hospitality Group, owns and operates hotels throughout New England and is one of Maine’s largest Marriott franchisees.
Pictures from L – R: Greg Mitchell, Portland Economic Development; Mark Rees, City Manager; Barbara Whitten, CVB; Gary Quintiliani, Bangor Savings; Michael Brennan, Mayor; Vin Veroneau, JB Brown; Sean Riley; Maine Course Hospitality; Jim Cohen, Portland Chamber; Jason Blais, Opechee Construction; Janis Beitzer, Portland Downtown District