official launch ceremony for the construction of the new Marriott hotel in Frederica | News

FREDERICA, Del.–Frederica’s newest development, Asbury Square, broke ground Tuesday morning for a hotel that will be located across Route 1 from the DE Turf Sports Complex.

To officially open the pitch, members of the DE Turf Youth Football League threw soccer balls into the foundations of what will be a Marriott Springhill Suites hotel. The new development hopes to attract both tourists and locals from the Dover, Milford and Frederica area.

Amanda Rettig has four daughters, three of whom play football at the Turf Complex. She said this hotel would be a game changer for many families traveling for games.

“You would be able to not have to commute,” Rettig said. “I think it’ll probably be more… super beneficial for families out of town”

The four-story hotel will have a total of 86 rooms, plus an indoor pool, outdoor patios and meeting space.

DE Turf Board chairman Bill Strickland said he hoped the partnership, with owner Michael Meoli, would create a lot of revenue for the state.

“We’re going to see an evolution of that corridor and that’s a good thing, not just for central Delaware but for all of us here in the first state,” Strickland said at the ceremony.

The Asbury Square master plan was finalized in 2018 and DelDOT crews began work on the site in December 2021. Meoli, who owns 25 McDonald’s in Maryland and Delaware, said he was asked to eventually build another McDonald’s in Frederica.

Meoli said the 22-acre development is in a prime location and will benefit Kent and Sussex counties.

“Tourism is now Delaware’s number one industry,” he said. “There are thousands and thousands of tourists who pass through here, either visiting the Turf or traveling to Sussex county and although I expect a lot of ancillary services in this area, certainly, a lot of these people who are going to stay here will go to the beach, they will go shopping at the beach, I think both counties will benefit greatly.”

The hotel is expected to open in the spring of 2023.

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