Kishore “Mike” Motwani of New Orleans and developers Wischermann Partners of Minneapolis, the developers behind the controversial $120 million, 21-story hotels at the corner of Canal and Tchoupitoulas, lost another major battle today with yet another rejection, this time by the City Planning Commission.
The developers had sought a conditional use permit and the demolition of three historic buildings, to be replaced with a 250 foot tower that would house 2 Marriott flagged hotels.
There has been major opposition to the development from neighbors and historic preservationists. The Preservation Resource Center has even organized several meetings to battle the development.
At the hearing Tuesday, opposition speakers included the Preservation Resource Center, Louisiana Landmarks Society, a representative from Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office, and more than 60 other neighbors and interested parties.
The property is owned by Kishore “Mike” Motwani, a real estate and business owner known for his liquor stores, tee shirt shops, and run-down buildings. Motwani’s co-developer on the project is Minnesota-based Wischermann Partners.
The 373-key Residence Inn and Springhill Suites would include an outdoor pool on the fifth floor, a restaurant on Tchoupitoulas Street and a 168-spot parking garage on the first four floors.