During the past several months, Maryville has considered an opportunity to purchase the Courtyard Marriott Hotel located alongside Interstate 64 in Maryville Centre adjacent to campus just outside our main gate. These discussions centered upon plans for conversion of the hotel into a 65,000-square-foot residence hall that could welcome approximately 250 students. Positive discussions held with the City of Town & Country, other local government officials, and the owners of property within Maryville Centre have resulted in a residence hall being a permitted use of the hotel property.
“The Courtyard facility offers many positive attributes for Maryville: the building is in excellent physical condition and its location is contiguous to campus, which is convenient for students,” says Brisson. “In addition, a conversion can occur quickly to allow for an Autumn 2010 occupancy by students. It would provide a safe, desirable, on-campus home with many updated amenities such as private bathrooms, fitness center, complimentary beverage station, marketplace snack shop, meeting room, study area, lounge, as well as free laundry, cable television with premium channels, and wireless. This transformation from hotel to residence hall will definitely benefit our students.”