A proposed 21-story hotel that would take over the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Canal Streets is first up on the agenda for the Central Business District Historic District Landmarks Commission's Architectural Review Committee's meeting Tuesday, February 25. Plans for the 373-room, $120 million development with 168 parking spots call for knocking out three historic buildings and the corner t-shirt shop at 103, 105, 109, and 111 Tchoupitoulas Street. Fun Facts: According to historian William D. Reeves, 105 Tchoup, built in 1840, was the site of G.W. Dunbar's Sons, where 60,000 cans of shrimp, turtle, oysters, and figs were rolling out a day in the late 1890s. Over at 109 Tchoup, the original owner happened to be Paul Tulane (yes, the guy Tulane University is named after). Back to the present and the future — comments from our previous coverage on the downtown development were mostly against the hotel but there were a few "We need more towers, jobs and a bigger tax base. This will happen and looks nice enough." type comments sprinkled in. Readers, do weigh in on what y'all think will happen and as always, stay tuned.
· Will a 21-story hotel take over this downtown corner? [Curbed NOLA]