The Washington Convention and Sports Authority is expected to release funds soon to start prepping the grounds for the $537 million Marriott Marquis hotel, which will be adjacent to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., according to the Washington Business Journal.

The JBG Cos., Chevy Chase, Md., and Marriott, Bethesda, Md., have reached a deal to move forward with the project after months of lawsuits and countersuits involving the 1,167-room hotel.

JBG filed the original suit against the city Sept. 4, claiming the district chose Marriott, Quadrangle Development Corp., Washington, D.C., and Capstone Development LLC, Washington, D.C., to build the hotel through an invalid sole-source award. Marriott later countersued, claiming JBG wanted to convert some rooms at the Marriott Wardman Park into condominiums, which Marriott resisted.

The JBG suit was tossed in April, and the companies’ dispute reached a breaking point in June when D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles set a deadline for JBG to settle or face a resurrected D.C. lawsuit against the company.

The convention center hotel is considered critical for the district to compete with other major convention destinations.