Design approved for proposed hotel in New Orleans business district



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NEW ORLEANS — A proposal for a 138-room hotel in the New Orleans business district has been approved by the architectural review committee of the Historic District Landmarks Commission.

New Orleans CityBusiness reported (http://bit.ly/1xEYVvr) HW Real Estate Development Corp. of Chicago is planning to build the hotel and a ground-floor restaurant on a 26,000-square-foot L-shaped lot that faces Julia Street on one end and Baronne Street at the other.

The property also wraps around an existing two-story residence on Julia Street and a four-story building at the corner of Baronne and Julia.

The planned development spans two zoning designations, one that allows buildings no higher than 75 feet and another with a limit of 65 feet. The current design envisions three-story and four-story portions facing Julia Street, a five-story portion facing Carondelet Street and a six-story portion facing Baronne.

In July, the Board of Zoning Adjustments granted developers setbacks for space between the neighboring buildings and the Julia Street home and also approved the waiver of one of the three required loading spaces because the hotel will have an off-street loading dock.

The development was denied a waiver to eliminate five of the 46 required parking spaces, but developers are still in discussion with owners of nearby parking lots to accommodate for those spaces.

The project still requires city approval for demolition of a parking shed at the site.


Information from: New Orleans CityBusiness, http://www.neworleanscitybusiness.com

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