Marriott officials distance themselves from Project Jackson

Marriott officials distance themselves from Project Jackson

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The third and final vote from the Aiken County council about financing Project Jackson is Tuesday.

Fox54 has been comparing the statements made about the development with the facts about the $150 million project.

A major part of the proposal is to build a $45 million luxury hotel with about 175 rooms on the North Augusta riverfront.

It's been about a month since North Augusta city administrator Todd Glover tied the Augusta Marriott and Convention Center to the proposed high-end hotel.

"If you look in downtown Augusta, there's not a comparable hotel anywhere near the Marriott. As an overflow for their property, they're excited about it," Glover said at the council's first reading of the ordinance.

But the General Manager of the Augusta Marriott and Convention Center Darryl Leech told Fox54 he has an attitude other than excitement.

"From a hotel perspective they'd be a competitor. We have not, nor have we ever come out in support of Project Jackson," Leech, said.

Glover says he was referring to Augusta city officials when he mentioned the Marriott while he was talking to the Aiken County Council.

"My intent was officials regarding the Tee Center; I was not referring to the Marriott," said Glover.

A check online shows that's not how some people understood it. One YouTube video posted by We the People Aiken, a group opposing the riverfront development, asked if Glover was speaking for the Marriott.

During the county council meeting Glover mentioned the hotel several times.

Monday Glover said when he talked about hotel staffers he didn't mean Marriott management but the people involved in a study on the proposed hotel.

"Any misconception or mistake on my part that conveys that they are in support of the Project is not accurate," he said.

If the council gives their final approval Tuesday, the city can move ahead with their plans to build the hotel, a minor league baseball stadium, restaurants and retail to the Savannah River.