Developer Gary Matthews

The Pere Marquette Hotel in downtown Peoria has a new manager. The hotel will maintain the Marriott flag, but First Hospitality Group of Chicago takes over as third party manager July 18, 2014.

A Peoria City Councilman is asking for more oversight in the downtown Marriott Hotel complex. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports that comes as project developer Gary Matthews is facing as many as five lawsuits and foreclosures.

Marriott management reports to Matthews although he is asking his lenders’ permission to change to First Hospitality Group. 

Outside The Horseshoe - June 10, 2014

Jun 10, 2014 / Peoria Public Radio

  The Peoria City Council again deferred the Marriott Hotel management change question Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The city is in the secondary lender seat on the redevelopment project and is waiting on the primary lender to sign-off.  

Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  The historic and renovated Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette hotel opened at 3:00. The hotel staff presses a button at that time, and Peoria’s so-called Grand Lady becomes part of Marriott’s world wide hotel and conference centers.