Orleans Planning Panel Pans Hotel Tower Proposal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's the latest conflict between historic preservation and development in New Orleans.

         The city's Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to oppose a plan to demolish several mid-19th-century buildings in the New Orleans Central Business District and replace them with a 20-story hotel tower.

         The City Council, however, will have the final say.

         The New Orleans Advocate’s Jaquetta White reports the proposal calls for a building that would be more than triple the allowed height for the area. It was opposed at the meeting by a representative of Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

         The City Planning staff said the building would be too large for the site and would dwarf nearby historic structures in the business district and French Quarter.

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