Those who were gearing up for a real Preservationists vs. Developers showdown concerning the proposal for a 21-story hotel that would give four historical buildings the demo treatment, can calm down (for now, anyway). The developers, who were headed to City Council today to appeal the Historic District Landmark Commission's anti-wrecking ball stance, have withdrawn the plans for a Marriott Residence Inn and Springhill Suites on the corner of Canal and Tchoupitoulas Streets, The Advocate reports. Apparently, this was a request of Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, who said:
"I have described this particular area as an armpit, because it is truly problematic and deters from present projects — Riverwalk Outlet Mall, the Ferry Terminal and the World Trade Center. If constructed properly, the site could host a landmark development that would produce millions in tax dollars and spur further development. But that development should not come at the cost of preservation."
Cantrell's district covers the CBD site and she plans to work with the developers to come up with a plan that's perhaps a bit less controversial.
· Developer withdraws plan for Canal Street hotel [Advocate]
· Previous coverage [Curbed NOLA]