Waivers OK'd for hotel near convention center

Posted on: April 11 2016

A new hotel project near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Monday received approval from the city’s zoning board for variances on height, setback and number of floors.

Developers of the site, located at 1148 South Peters St. in the Warehouse District, wanted to go beyond the 125-foot height limit in the area. They were also seeking waivers of a 20-foot setback over 75 feet from the property line and to increase the limit of floors from 10 to 17. The Board of Zoning Adjustments approved the requested waivers.

According to the architects, those variances would help shift the height and bulk of the building away from the historic core of the neighborhood, and no additional square footage would be added to the development. The Historic District Landmarks Commission’s architectural review committee  – and members of the Warehouse District neighborhood association – supported the request, which also falls within the guidelines of the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service. Officials with the Convention Center said they were in full support of the proposal.

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