By Margie Plunkett
Two years after the city gave Delray Beach Marriott the go-ahead for a renovation that would include a four-story addition, the hotel company received a two-year extension to complete the construction.
The Marriott, owned by Ocean Properties Ltd., hasn’t started construction yet, but the first phases could get underway as early as the beginning of the new year.
The expansion of the ocean view hotel at Atlantic Avenue and Ocean Boulevard was first approved in October 2008, but was delayed because of the unhealthy economy, according to architect Gary Eliopoulos, also a town commissioner.
The plans called for a two-story addition with nine cabana suites, a four-story addition with 27 suites and a first-floor retail and commercial component. The hotel planned expansion of the pool deck and its existing restaurant as well.
The Marriott is currently five stories with 180 rooms, 88 suites and 12 meeting spaces.
The Marriott’s recent request to put a modular kitchen on its property also got the nod and will be in place while the hotel renovates its current kitchen space.
The Marriott has been owned by the Walsh family for more than 30 years, Eliopoulos said.
Tom Walsh is chairman of the company that is one of the largest privately held hotel and development companies in the United States, according to Hoover’s.
Walsh, who started in the industry in 1950 with one hotel, built Maine’s first franchised Holiday Inn in