If the sign promising that a new Courtyard Marriott hotel will open on Northport's Bridge Avenue this summer seemed increasingly unbelievable, that's because delays caused by several factors have pushed its expected completion back a full year.

Northport City Council President Jeff Hogg, who also chairs its Retail Committee, told the Tuscaloosa Thread that the city has been working with the development group leading the project, Mansa Hospitality, to better understand the lack of progress at the construction site and revise their timeline for its completion.

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"Delays related to unexpected site conditions, COVID-19 and permitting issues between government entities have been identified and we are working collaboratively to reach a resolution," Hogg said.

Hogg said he now believes the hotel will open sometime next summer , and Mansa's website lists an anticipated completion in the second quarter of 2022.

Despite these delays, Hogg said the enthusiasm city leaders expressed at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the hotel in August has not waned.

"Northport believes that the Courtyard project will be a catalyst to further development and redevelopment in the area," Hogg said.

The $15 million, 100-room Courtyard Marriott will be Northport's first true hotel, and its four-story facade will give the city a new face for visitors to see as they cross the Black Warrior RIver on the Hugh-Thomas Bridge.

Stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for more updates on the project as they become available.

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