12 Story “Sliver” Building Rejected by HDLC

by • June 26, 2014 • Central Business District, Development, Zoning and Land UseComments (0)2872

Trahan's proposed 12 story "sliver" building at 309 Magazine Street

Trahan’s proposed 12 story “sliver” building at 309 Magazine Street

Architect/developer Trey Trahan’s proposed 12 story “sliver” building at 309 Magazine was shot down yesterday by the city’s Historic Districts Landmark Commission’s architectural review committee.

The 5,000-square-foot property at 309 Magazine St. was destroyed by a fire 20 years ago, leaving just an empty façade fronting Magazine Street.

According to plans submitted to the city, an office building would have been built at 309 Magazine Street with a 12-story tower of high end apartments behind it.  The lower floors of both buildings will be office space for Trahan’s firm.  The apartments will face Picayune Place, currently just an alley.  The Sliver building would feature 24 residential units.

The Magazine side of the building would return to its original 59-foot height, and the Picayune Place side would stretch to 130 feet.  Both heights would require a zoning variance from the city.

At the HDLC meeting, committee members questioned the height of both buildings. The major concern was the height impact on Picayune Place, where the 12-story structure would tower over the existing buildings on the block, which are all 3-4 stories.

Committee members denied Trahan’s request and suggested that he revisit the design to make the height more palatable from the street level.

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