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GRETNA, La. (AP) — The Gretna City Council has approved a site plan for a 123-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1p0A3OQ ) the tract is a recently annexed parcel north of the West Bank Expressway.

The hotel is the first phase of a development by Bui Nguyen on an 11-acre site that formerly was part of the Terrytown community and was annexed by Gretna earlier this year at Nguyen's request.

Nguyen plans more development at the site, including retailing.

The Courtyard by Marriott is expected to be completed by mid-2015.

Officials have discussed designating the site as an economic development district to redirect some of the expected new tax revenue back into the development. However, the city administration hasn't submitted a formal proposal to the council.

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Information from: The New Orleans

Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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