ALLEN, TEXAS — The topping out ceremony has been held for the Courtyard by Marriott Dallas – Allen Hotel & Conference Center, located in Allen. The hotel totals nine stories with 228 rooms and an adjoining 15,000-square-foot conference center. It features a full-service restaurant, a 24-hour convenience store, a lounge with big-screen televisions, a business center, an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, and a fitness center. The conference center features a 9,300-square-foot ballroom with a 1,300-person capacity. The project is owned by John Q. Hammons and will be operated by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. Crossland Construction is serving as general contractor. Completion of the project is scheduled for October 2008. The new Courtyard by Marriott is situated at 210 E. Stacy Rd. within the Village at Allen, one component of Dallas-based MGHerring Group’s 3 million-square-foot Village at Allen and Village at Fairview mixed-use project. The Village at Allen component opened in October 2008. The new hotel will be located adjacent to the new $50 million Allen Event Center, a 7,500-person venue that is slated to open in November.