On March 1, a Frederick hotel that has been part of the growing community for nearly 40 years, will reopen its doors as the 156-room Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center. The property is said to be a trusted gathering place for groups since it originally opened and was operated as other brand names. Located adjacent to the Francis Scott Key Mall, the hotel has been home to business and leisure travelers alike since 1979.

“We are excited about the evolution of this Frederick landmark,” said Susan Lent-Cohen, president of Cohenterprises and owner of the conference center hotel. “The Clarion brand has strong name recognition in the leisure market but also offers convenient amenities … [for business travelers].”

With nearly 13,000 square feet of event space, the Frederick Event Center is the largest venue for conferences in the area. This includes the 7,800-square-foot banquet hall that can hold 500 seated.

Cohenterprises plans to further convert the Frederick Event Center into a green meeting venue with modern AV technology and alternative energy. The 14-acre property hopes to attract larger events.

The Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center features Casey’s Lounge, a 24-hour business center, indoor pool, fitness center, comfortable rooms, free high-speed Internet and an on-site miniature golf course.