This preliminary rendering shows a Marriott Autograph Hotel that will be built at 220 Township Avenue in Ridgeland.
This preliminary rendering shows a Marriott Autograph Hotel that will be built at 220 Township Avenue in Ridgeland.
RIDGELAND — A multi-building destination area being developed by Kerioth Corporation at the Township at Colony Park here continues to edge forward after site plans and architectural reviews were approved for two new hotels and a civic building in the development.

Site plans and architectural review were approved for the Township Civic Building and Meeting Hall at 161 Southlake Avenue, a Marriott Autograph Hotel at 220 Township Avenue and Marriott AC Hotel at 221 Township Avenue.

Aldermen approved the plans 6-0, with Ward 2 Alderman Chuck Gautier recusing himself from the vote because he does business with Kerioth.

Clint Herring of Kerioth said the three buildings and the project as a whole are on-track.

“The project is going very well. The project has received previous municipal approval as well as MDA and Marriott approval,” Herring said. "It’s a very sophisticated project with a lot of parts so we are happy to see any progress that is made."

He said the three buildings will be part of an overall destination that includes the Township. He said that the civic building and meeting hall would also be made available for use to guests and organizations from other hotels in the area as well. The building includes allowances and procedures for adding to the structure in the future and includes plans for a chapel that will serve as a wedding venue, and hopefully some Sunday morning church services.

“While [the chapel] is not on tonight’s agenda we think it will be a great, flexible facility that we already have heard a lot of interest in,” Herring said.

Herring added that the Autograph hotel line will likely undergo future design changes as well. Each Autograph hotel is specifically designed to “tell its own story” and fit in the area in which its built.

“We have a branding team that is putting together the look and feel of the hotel. Every individual hotel is supposed to tell its own story that leaves its own signature, hence, the Autograph name,” Herring explained.

Marriott’s website counts 130 different Autograph branded hotels worldwide.

Work has already begun on parking areas and some underground work.  

In April, the project was approved for height variances to allow the hotels to be built up to a fifth floor.

Future plans for the development include a restaurant.

Herring said they anticipate starting construction on the Marriott AC in about four months and the Autograph and civic building in the next 12 months. Both hotels are exempt from the 180-day hotel moratorium reestablished by aldermen in November because they are part of an exempt overlay district.