A developer’s plan to build a 21 story, $120 million hotel at the foot of Canal Street is back on the block after getting denied by the City to demolish 4 buildings on the site.
The proposal was recently revived after seven months by City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, whose district includes the site.
The property is owned by the infamous Kishore “Mike” Motwani, a real estate and business owner known for his liquor store, tee shirt shops, and run down buildings. Motwani’s co-developer on the project is Minnesota-based Wischermann Partners.
The new renderings of show the structure without the 100 foot spire. From what we can tell, the new plan also calls for saving at least some of the historic buildings on site.
The old rendering:
The 100 foot spire would still make it shorter than the WTC building accross the street. I do not see what the problem is.
The problems are as follows: (1) the site is occupied by several historic buildings which the so-called developer wishes to demolish; (2) the site is not zoned for a building of this height. Furthermore, the fact that there are several high rise buildings in the general vicinity does not mean that building more of the same is in the city’s best interest. An unbroken line of high rise buildings turns the street into an inhospitable urban tunnel. There are plenty of sites nearby in the CBD which are currently zoned for this type of building, which is where it belongs, not here.
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The problem is you have these preservationists types who want to keep rotting, mildewed “historic” buildings instead of letting our city progress into the 21st century!
Demolishing perfectly restorable, historic buildings to build bland, boring, high rise towers is not progress. Millions of visitors do not travel here annually to see ugly, modern high rises; they can see plenty of those at home in Cleveland, Houston or wherever. They come precisely for those “historic” buildings you so despise. The last thing this city needs is more ugly.
I don’t think sleazy T-shirt, overpriced souvenir, and liquor stores are exactly desirable, no matter how aesthetically pleasing the building in which they are housed
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