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$15 million Courtyard by Marriott opens in Shippensburg

Shippensburg Courtyard

Shippensburg Courtyard

Think of it as a five-star economic development engine, with a pool.

Sixteen months after construction began, the upscale $15 million Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Shippensburgis now open to the public.

Owned by Raider Capital Ventures, the four-story, 110-room hotel at the north end of Shippensburg University began accepting guests on Sept. 29, but its doors were thrown open for the media and community guests on Friday.

“It really is a must-see hotel,” said Anne M. Detter, director of marketing and campaign coordinator for the Shippensburg University Foundation.

“There is no other Courtyard like it,” added Detter, who also serves as chairwoman of theShippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce board.

Members of the foundation have said the facility is expected to generate $9 million in direct and indirect spending over five years, as well as an estimated $438,000 in school district, township, and county tax revenue over the same period.

George F. “Jody” Harpster, who was formally installed as the university’s 16th president last week, predicted that the hotel will be beneficial to the school in many ways.

“I know that many alumni already have reservations here for alumni weekend,” Harpster said, adding that it also will provide convenient lodgings for visiting professors and potential new faculty, staff and students on recruitment visits.

Located at 503 Newburg Road, the hotel is operated by the State College-based Shaner Hotels. It is owned by Raider Capital Ventures LLC, a for-profit partnership between the Shippensburg University Foundation and Shaner Growth Fund LP.

Harpster pointed out that the facility also may draw on visitors with other interests, such as those attending performances at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

The hope is that such guests might well decide to spend an extra day exploring the area’s other attractions and benefiting the local economy.

Officials with the nearby Volvo Construction Equipment facility also have been major supporters of the project, as it will provide high-end accommodations for visiting executives, and is located just steps from the Conference Center at Shippensburg University.

Amenities

The property’s amenities include bedrooms with functional work spaces, spacious bathrooms, separate seating areas and complimentary, in-room, high-speed Internet, according to officials, as well as a “tech drop” ledge for use of personal electronic devices.

Some of the rooms look down toward Seth Grove Stadium.

Looking down as they enter, guests will see that Shippensburg’s signature red and blue colors are incorporated into the carpets, in homage to the university.

The hotel employs 23 full-time and three part-time workers, Detter said, with nine more positions to be filled. Shippensburg University students and alumni are among the staff.

One of them is Casey Maun, sales coordinator, who led tours of the property on Friday.

Maun began the tour at a large interactive touch screen in the lobby, where guests can find information about weather, news, sports and area attractions, including maps and travel conditions.

“It’s kind of like a giant iPad,” he explained.

Other highlights on the tour:

• Media pods and WiFi in the “business lobby” downstairs.

• A 1,230-square foot meeting room that can accommodate up to 50 people.

• A large outdoor patio, complete with a gas fire pit.

• A 24-seat bar finished with reclaimed barn wood.

• A salt water pool and spa, as well as a fitness center.

Shaner, which has a portfolio of more than 40 hotels, has plans for two more properties similar to the new Shippensburg facility in the midstate.

The full article can be found on CPBJ.com.

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