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Public hearing planned for proposed 21-story Canal Street hotel

Scene of proposed new hotel, via Carolyn Scofield Scene of proposed new hotel, via Carolyn Scofield
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

A proposed 21-story hotel on Canal Street has drawn its share of praise and criticism. On Thursday, individuals have the opportunity to weigh in on the proposal.

The 21 story building calls for 373 hotel rooms, a parking garage and a restaurant on the ground level.

Developers say it would be beneficial for the area between the convention center, Central Business District and the French Quarter.

But opponents are concerned about the building's size. It's taller than the areas current 70-foot height limit, though developers have dropped plans for a 100 foot LED spire that was part of the original design.

Councilman Latoya Cantrell asked the city planning commission hold a public hearing on the new building design. That meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Members of the Preservation Resource Center will be on hand to talk about their concerns with the proposal to build a high-rise hotel complex at the corner of Canal and Tchoupitoulas. 

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