$10 Million Sun Yard Hotel in Bywater Hits Snag

by • February 8, 2018 • Bywater, Development, Hotel & Hospitality, Zoning and Land UseComments (0)2008

The $10 million Sun Yard Hotel in the Bywater at the former Truck Farm site went before the City Planning Commission this week, but a decision on the matter was deferred for at least another month.

Husband and wife team Giuliano Pignataro and Liz Solms want to redevelop the site from mixed-use to a hotel, but have faced strong opposition from many neighbors.  As is always the case, there are also plenty of supporters, including the City Planning Staff, but those in opposition are typically louder than those in support.  An online petition has collected 3,000 signatures against the proposal

Such was the case this week when dozens of neighbors, including members of the Neighbors First for Bywater Association, showed up to speak out against the project.

The site is in the 3000 block of St. Claude Avenue at Montegut Street.  The proposed project would feature 37 rooms, a restaurant, outdoor bar, and pool totaling 21,000 square feet.  The existing structures would be part of the new hotel, with additional bungalows to be constructed on in the back.  The front of the property is zoned HMC-2, which allows hotel and other commercial uses, but the back of property needs to be rezoned to allow for commercial.  The developers also need a conditional use since the hotel use is over 10,000 square feet.

The owners are also seeking to turn a vacant lot across St. Claude into a parking lot for the hotel, but the neighbors are pushing for them to place the required 12 spaces within the site itself.

Given the opposition, the team asked for a deferral to work with the planning staff on revisions to the plan, which will now be held at the March 13 meeting.

Eskew + Dumez + Ripple is the architect.  Check out some of the plans below.

The original proposed site plan for the Sun Yard Hotel

The original proposed site plan for the Sun Yard Hotel

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