The proposed 9 story Cambria Suites in the Warehouse District is up for approval by the City Council this week.
Fillmore Hospitality, an Ohio-based company with properties in New Orleans, wants to build the new hotel on an L-shaped parking lot on Tchoupitoulas and Commerce Streets in the Warehouse District.
The proposal calls for a 178-room hotel made up of two buildings: a 65-foot structure that would face 632 Tchoup and a 75-footer with an entrance on Commerce Street. The 75-foot part of the plans, scaled back from its original try for 95-feet, would require a waiver since height limits in this part of town cap out at 65-feet.
There are many neighbors opposed to the allowing the project to break the height limit out of fear that it would open the door for more developers to build taller buildings in the Warehouse District.
The City Planning Commission has recommended the height limit waiver be denied. After Planning Commission denial, the request goes to the City Council, which typically looks to the council member representing the area of proposed developments in making decisions.
Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s district includes the proposed hotel. She recently rejected a similar request for the $20 Million Granaio luxury apartment building just a few blocks away.
Local hotelier Warren Reuther owns the land, but word is that he is selling the property and does not have an interest in the development.
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