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Demo Permits Filed, but Initial Hotel Plans Don't Fly With ARC

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A proposed 21-story hotel that would take over a corner on Canal and Tchoupitoulas Streets, knocking out historical buildings in the process, didn't get the thumbs-up from the Architectural Review Committee for the Historic Districts Landmark Commission, but that didn't stop the developers from applying for demo permits. Plans for the $120 million development call for wrecking ball action at three 1840s buildings on Tchoup, the corner T-shirt shop, and two Canal Street structures. French Quarter t-shirt shop kingpin, Kishore "Mike" Motwani owns all but one of the buildings (City Biz says he is "still negotiating the purchase" of 105 Tchoupitoulas) and is teaming up with Mathes Brierre Architects and hospitality development company Wischermann Partners, Inc. to bring a 373-room Marriott Residence Inn and Springhill Suites to the site.

In a letter from ARC to the project manager, they suggest tweaking the plans to work around the historic buildings, noting "It is not appropriate to demolish this architectural inventory in order to create new buildings that purport to celebrate what was removed" and mentioned possible future support of a "taller and more slender new building." ARC also called for some architectural revamps and mentioned the possibility of including the vacant Motwani-owned Sanlin Building next door, but apparently he has future development plans for that site. According to the ARC letter, Team Hotel will be appealing ARC's reccommendation at the CBD Historic District Landmarks Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 19. As always, stay tuned.
· Plans for 21-story hotel head to Architectural Review Comm. [Curbed NOLA]
· Review panel wants changes to 400 Canal hotel plans [City Biz, sub. req.]
· Will a 21-story hotel take over this downtown corner? [Curbed NOLA]