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City Planning Commission rejects plan to open upscale Bywater hostel

City Planning Commission rejects plan to open upscale Bywater hostel

Developers wanted the hostel to have 185 with 16 single-occupancy rooms and 28 shared rooms. (Source: FOX 8 photo) Developers wanted the hostel to have 185 with 16 single-occupancy rooms and 28 shared rooms. (Source: FOX 8 photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Developers who want to open an upscale hostel in the Bywater suffer a setback.
    
According to our partners at Nola.com|The Times-Picayune, the City Planning Commission rejected Tuesday plans to open an $18 million hostel on Chartres St. 

Developers wanted the hostel to have 185 with 16 single-occupancy rooms and 28 shared rooms. They also wanted to connect the hostel's lobby to neighboring bar.

Neighbors First for Bywater opposed the plan, arguing it is four times the size allowed by zoning.

A development of 48,000 square feet "seems to me out of keeping with the neighborhood and too large," said Commissioner Robert Steeg.

Developers argue their proposed hostel will offer a legal, neighborhood-friendly option for visitors in a neighborhood where illegal short-term rentals have become rampant. 

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