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808 Royal St., site of building collapse, will become art gallery and single-family home

It still needs design approval from the Vieux Carre Commission

The site of a collapsed French Quarter building is coming back into commerce, according to CityBusiness. This week the property received conceptual approval from the Vieux Carre Commission Architectural Review Committee to build a mixed-use development.

Construction is slated to start this year on a four-story, nearly 8,500-square-foot building with a two-story art gallery and a single-family home and rooftop terrace above it. Williams Architects is on the project.

The project still needs design approval from the full VCC. It goes before the group Aug. 3.

The more than 200-year-old building at 808 Royal St., which had been cited for "demolition by neglected" in the past, collapsed in 2014. It was one of the first three-story buildings to be constructed in the French Quarter.

Last summer, UNO students conducted archaeological excavations at the site.