$20M downtown Baton Rouge Courtyard to open in 2016

It's official. A Baton Rouge, La., Courtyard by Marriott is set to open in 2016, reports The Times Picayune. The $20-million project will be developed by South Carolina-based Windsor Aughtry and consist of 147 rooms. Hospitality America will be the manager.

The site is currently owned by Third Street Acquisition. Stonehenge Capital Partners' Tom Adamek and Managing Director Gordon LeBlanc Jr. own Third Street Acquisition, and Stonehenge's headquarters is next to the property. Windsor Aughtry previously built the downtown Hampton Inn & Suites.

"The diversity on Third Street has been solidified with Windsor Aughtry's second investment and commitment to Baton Rouge's vitality," said Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer. "The New Courtyard Marriott Hote, locating on the historical site of downtown's first hotel, Hotel Istrouma, is testament to downtown's continued renaissance supported by our dedicated private sector."

The development will include about 1,500 square feet of retail space on the first floor for lease and about 2,000 square feet of meeting space, along with a business center and exercise room.

As The Times Picayune reports, the new development would make the longtime goal to have 1,000 hotel rooms in downtown Baton Rouge.