The Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has organized a neighborhood participation meeting to discuss a developer’s plan to build a $120 million hotel high rise at the foot of Canal Street.
The PRC’s primary contention is that the developers are seeking to raze and destroy several historic buildings to make way for the new hotels. The PRC has called a meeting for residents to rally support for the preservation of all the buildings in the 400 block of Canal Street and the 100 block of Tchoupitoulas and to uphold the 70-foot height limit.
The meeting is open to the public and will take place at the Jax Brewery Riverview Room on Thursday, February 19 at 5:30 PM. You can find more details about the meeting here.
The original plan called for the demolition of 4 historic buildings, and a tower that would be significantly higher than the property’s current 70 foot height limit. The footprint for the property is approximately 49,661 square feet with approximately 130,500 square feet of existing improvements. The 21-story hotel tower that would have been 250 feet plus a 100-foot spire, for a total of 350 feet, but it got denied by the City.
LaToya Cantrell introduced a motion last month, which the council approved, to conduct a public hearing to consider a newly modified version of the hotel. From the renderings, it looks like the developers are still planning a Springhill Suites and a Residence Inn.
The property is owned by the infamous Kishore “Mike” Motwani, a real estate and business owner known for his liquor store and tee shirt shops. Motwani’s co-developer on the project is Minnesota-based Wischermann Partners.
The new renderings of show the structure without the 100 foot spire. You can check out the renderings here.
I prefer the new building. Sincerely 4th generation New Orleanian and current resident and tax payer.
Not really a fair comparison since the picture on the right
is from a street view and the picture on left is a skyline shot. To be fair, it still couldn’t be just
anywhere because it would be New Orleans and the city deserves modern architecture
just as much as it deserves the historic. It’s really time for her to catch up
with the rest of the world. Its downtown for God sakes. If any area of the city
should have tall buildings it’s this one.
The meeting was organized by the developers, not PRC.