BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Crews broke ground on a major new addition to downtown Baton Rouge Thursday.
The new Marriott hotel is a more than $23 million project that will bring more than 1,000 new rooms to downtown. It will also add a new Starbucks coffee shop.
"What a historic day for downtown Baton Rouge. I can not tell you. There are many many many people here who have helped to make this an important project happen," said Davis Rhorer with Downtown Development District.
"Look how far we've come and there's still a lot more to go," said Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.
Baton Rouge leaders said this is the second investment in downtown for the hotel group Windsor.