Houston Issues RFP for Downtown Hotel

George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston First Corp. (HFC) -- which manages the George R. Brown Convention Center -- has issued a request for proposal seeking to build a new hotel near the downtown convention center.

"HFC is seeking a team to develop and design a hotel that would be located on top of the new parking garage and office building planned just north of the George R. Brown Convention Center," HFC said in a news release. "A request for proposals issued by HFC says the team would privately finance, own and operate the hotel, which would attach via sky bridge to the north end of the GRB. HFC expects to enter into a site/pad lease with the hotel owner."

According to HFC, the site in question has been designed to accommodate approximately 400 rooms on 15 floors. "HFC will look to the hotel developer to propose the number of rooms, hotel type and hotel brands that the developer believes are feasible and best fit the needs of the Convention District and surrounding area," the news release continued. "Upon receipt and review of the submittals, HFC will enter into negotiations with the top teams that submit proposals. Construction of the hotel would start about September 2015."

If build, the new hotel will complement the city's two convention center hotels: the Hilton Americas-Houston, built 10 years ago, and the 1,000-room Marriott Marquis Houston, scheduled to open in spring 2016.

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