Today, the City Planning Commission voted to allow the Ducote brothers to move forward with their plans to develop a vacant building into the a hotel, the first in the French Quarter in decades.
David and Wayne Ducote, the developers in charge of this project, want to redevelop the seven story building located at 111 Iberville St into an 80-room boutique hotel. Previously, the Ducotes proposed a similar transformation in 2004, but dropped the plan after it was vetoed by then Mayor Ray Nagin.
The development would be the first new French Quarter hotel since 1969, when the city issued a moratorium on new hotels in the French Quarter. The moratorium does not apply to the block between Canal Street and Iberville, where many hotels have been constructed.
The 130+-year-old building was built by the Louisiana Sugar Refining Co. and is one of the last remaining buildings in an area that was once known as the Sugar District.