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Will a 21-Story Hotel Take Over This Downtown Corner?

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The corner of Canal and Tchoupitoulas Streets could be the future home to a $120-million, 21-story hotel if developers have their way. According to City Biz, the edge-of-the-French Quarter property would be a 373-room Marriott brand hotel with a ground-floor restaurant and parking garage. French Quarter t-shirt shop head honcho, Kishore "Mike" Motwani, owns the site and plans to join forces with Mathes Brierre Architects and Wischermann Partners, Inc., a hospitality development company based out of Minnesota. In order for all of this to take place, though, four buildings on Tchoupitoulas would see the wrecking ball and the building's height would have to be approved by the city.

The developers want to get the ball rolling with the Historic District Landmarks Commission by the end of this month, which would ideally put this all up for review by March. A project manager with the architecture firm told City Biz that the land is being checked out "to determine if there are any remnants of a plantation that once occupied the site" that could go in a museum in the proposed hotel. Neighbors can chime in with their thoughts on the plans today at 5 p.m. in the Riverview Room at the Jackson Brewery on Decatur Street.
· Developers plan 21-story hotel at 400 Canal [City Biz, sub.req.]
· Mathes Brierre Architects [official site]
· Wischermann Partners, Inc.[official site]
· Downtown developments coverage [Curbed NOLA]