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Welcome, runners! 110-room Marriott opens in $120M Bakery Square in time for Marathon

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The 110-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott is opening Friday in Bakery Square, just in time for this weekend's Pittsburgh Marathon and the upcoming 2010 university commencement ceremonies.

The six-story hotel, at 134 Bakery Square Blvd., is owned through a joint venture of Walnut Capital, RCG Longview Fund and the Feil Organization, and managed by Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company. The hotel was designed by Braun & Steidl Architects of Columbus, Ohio, and PJ Dick was the general contractor.

Manager Francisco Selles says the hotel is busy booking rooms for the Marathon -- that Saturday night is nearly sold out, but some rooms are still available for Friday.

The SpringHill Suites by Marriott has a sleek, modern design. Every room has separate living, working and sleeping spaces, as well as a pull-out sofa. The property has 471 square feet of meeting space to accommodate meetings and functions of up to 40 people.

The hotel is a cornerstone of the brand-new mixed-use $120 million Bakery Square development, located on the site of the former Nabisco Factory. Other tenants include Google, which will be in its offices by August, and UPMC Rehabilitation Sciences, which is already in its space. Retailers include Anthropologie and the Coffee Tree Roasters, both opening in June, and Urban Active Fitness, a 40,000-square-foot full-service gym, opening mid-June, says Gregg Perelman with Walnut Capital.

Concord Hospitality, which is managing the Bakery Square hotel, will also be managing the 124-room Courtyard Settlers Ridge, scheduled to open in September. This will be Courtyard by Marriott's very first LEED-certified hotel. The 600,000-square-foot, $100 million Settlers Ridge complex opened October 2009 in Robinson Township, and features a Giant Eagle Market District, REI, LA Fitness, Barnes & Noble and Cinemark theater.

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Writer: Caralyn Green
Sources: Francisco Selles, General Manager, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Bakery Square; Gregg Perelman, principal and CEO, Walnut Capital

Photograph courtesy of Marriott

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