From its inception, neighborhood groups, preservation groups and city agencies have been vocally opposed to the building of a Moxy Hotel, Marriott's hip brand for the millennial traveler, at the former Bonded Carbon and Ribbon HQ at 744 St. Charles Avenue. After a short hiatus the project is back in the news again, this time because the CBD Architectural Review Committee isn't into the hotel plans either.
The second iteration of the project, which proposed an a 65-foot, eight-story building with retail space and more effin' condos, encountered pushback from the Lafayette Square Association. The group, comprising building owners Barry and Lorraine Dinvaut and developer Lenny Wormser, scaled back the design to five stories and presented two options to to the CBD Architectural Review Committee this week—but citing both options' "mass of upper floors," the committee strongly criticized the plans.
It would take a lot of moxie, indeed, to continue tweaking the plans in the face of all this resistance. Meanwhile, another Moxy brand hotel going up at a former Quality Inn and Suites on O'Keefe Street seems to be moving along.
For more hotels in the works, check out the map below!
· Moxy Hotel project on St. Charles Avenue back in architect's hands [NOLA.com]
· Yet another CBD developer seeks to deviate from the zoning code [The Lens]
· Moxy Hotel conversion in CBD moves forward [City Business]
· Mapping Condo and Apartment Projects in the Works [Curbed NOLA]