Downtown Amarillo hotel issued building permit

      A commercial building permit has been issued for a new downtown Amarillo hotel.

      That happened Friday, October 30.

      The City of Amarillo approved a permit worth $6.7 million dollars.

      It's for turning the Fisk Building at 724 South Polk into a Courtyard by Marriott.

      The property owner is listed as Amarillo Hospitality LLC.

      The contractor - Irving Enterprises.

      Marriott says growth in and around Amarillo led them to approve an ambitious renovation project.

      The new hotel is expected to be open by the summer of 2010.

      On June 26, Center City of Amarillo hosted a kickoff celebration for the project.

      Marriott plans to keep the historic outside of the building intact, but to remodel what's inside completely,

      The company says it will be state of the art, with a bistro cafe, a business center, a fitness center, and covered parking.