This is the site of the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel to be built on the corner of Caroline and Charlotte Streets, across the street from the Visitor Center. It’s supposed to be a 4-story structure with 98 rooms, conference space, an indoor pool and a fitness center. The hotel was designed by local architect James McGhee, which bodes well, but I haven’t seen an artist’s rendering. And even if I had, artists’ renderings are intentionally designed to make everything look warm and inviting, with soft colors and lots of landscaping, and the reality of new construction is never quite so dreamy. So I’m interested to see if this turns out to be a welcome addition to the downtown scene, or a huge eyesore that blocks out the sun. I’ll post photos of the construction as it progresses.