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Columbia City Council approved a resolution last week that will create a tax incentive for the construction of a 110-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Nashville Highway.

Total development costs for the hotel, which will be located on the corner of the Nashville Highway/Bear Creek Pike intersection, are estimated at approximately $18.5 million.

The Columbia Industrial Development Board (IDB) recommended the item to council, which will create an interlocal agreement with several Tennessee municipality corporations to finance, construct and lease the property. Hunt Properties will be the developer in charge of undertaking the project.

When completed, the hotel will contain 110 rooms with an indoor swimming pool, approximately 2,500 square feet of conference space and a 20,000 square-foot retail space.

David Hunt of Hunt Properties spoke to council Thursday, saying Marriott is excited to come to Columbia, and that with the boom of tourism and population growth, now is the perfect time to build a hotel closer to downtown.

“I’ve been nothing but amazed by the quality of the city, how you’re growing and doing some of the things you’re doing, and my family and my business are very excited to be a small part of it,” Hunt said. “We’re not trying to overly compete with what you already have, but this is more about bringing more opportunity to this wonderful city, making the pie bigger so we can all swim a little better. That’s where I am and where we’re going.”

Councilman Mark King, who represents Ward 5 where the hotel will be located, said bringing a hotel closer to downtown Columbia has been a goal for him since…