The Historic District Landmarks Commission rejected the application to demolish a four historic buildings in the CBD to clear out space for a 21-story hotel tower after residents and preservation groups voiced their opposition to the plan.
Minnesota-based Wischermann Partners Inc. and local developer and property owner Kishore “Mike” Motwani, want to demolish four historic buildings and two other structures in order to build the 250-foot-high hotels.
The proposed $120 million hotel, being developed as Residence Inn and Springhill Suites of the Marriott Hotel chain, include plans for 373 rooms and a five-story, 168-space parking garage.
The hotel also calls for a ground-level restaurant that would face Tchoupitoulas Street. The hotel entrance would be at the corner of Canal and Tchoupitoulas.
The HDLC voted 4-0 to deny demolition (one member absent).
According to CityBusiness, the development team plans to appeal the decision to the City Council. The appeal must be filed within 10 days.