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17-Story, 184-Foot Hotel Tower Proposed Near the Convention Center in the CBD

A well-known architect designed the vacant warehouse

A pair of New Orleans developers are hoping to renovate a vacant brick warehouse at 1148 S. Peters St. and an adjacent parking lot near the Convention Center into a hotel.

Developers Clayton Randle and David Hecht want to renovate the warehouse—designed by New Orleans architect Emile Weil, who also designed the Saenger Theater, Touro Synagogue and the Whitney Bank building on St. Charles Avenue—and erect a new 17-story, 184-foot hotel tower at the parking lot site behind the building.

The plans also call for a "ground floor restaurant and bar space fronting Convention Center Boulevard and Calliope Street, a three-story parking garage with 165 spaces, ballroom and meeting space, a courtyard between the existing building and the proposed tower and a public roof deck and terrace."

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple are the architects on the project. A letter sent out to neighbors said the developers hope to start construction later this year, and the project should take 18 months to complete.

The project requires approval from the city’s Board of Zoning Adjustments to exceed the site's 125-foot height limit and a waiver allowing a 20-foot setback from the property line. The BZA will consider the project at its meeting April 11.

Hotel tower proposed near Morial Convention Center [CityBusiness]