Marriott casino hotel begins construction in Schenectady, N.Y.

A new Marriott hotel is under construction in Schenectady, N.Y., on the site of a future casino.

The construction of the future Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor is officially under way, kicked off by the establishment of its adjoining Marriott hotel. Workers have started on the foundation and piles are being driven for the hotel.

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The Planning Commission of Schnectady unanimously approved the site plan earlier this year, which called for a four-story facility that is part of the $450-million project being built at the former Alco property. The hotel is the first part of the project to begin construction.

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The joint-venture partners have given a name to the upper-midscale brand they introduced in February.

Seven of the new hotels fall under the Budgetel Inn & Suites brand, three under the AmeriVu Inns & Suites brand and two under the Haven Hotel brand.

Sri Krishna Enterprises owns the 115-suite hotel, which took 16 months to construct, and Southern Hospitality Services manages it.