New CBD hotel development up for HDLC review

Posted on: November 19 2015

Plans for two new hotel developments in the Central Business District are up for review by an architectural review committee for the Historic District Landmarks Commission.

The committee on Tuesday will discuss a plan to build a new five-story Moxy Hotel at 744 St. Charles Ave. The project, which has encountered some opposition from neighborhood groups, would incorporate the existing vacant office supply shop at the site.

Also on the agenda is a proposal to redevelop the former NOPSI building at 317 Baronne St. into a 217-room hotel. The 200,000-square-foot building, which once housed operations for the city’s utility company, sold in February to a Connecticut-based institution private developer.

The Moxy project, which is being proposed by owners Barry and Lorraine Dinvaut with the help of commercial Realtor Lenny Wormser of NAI/Latter & Blum, was strongly critiqued by the ARC back in October after being scaled down from eight stories to five, keeping it more in line with the 65-foot height limit in that neighborhood. The committee’s concern focused on the “mass” of the upper floors, which some members believed was out of character with the surrounding neighborhood. It also recommended changes to the setback design. 

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