In December, only one developer submitted plans to revamp two New Orleans-owned parking lots near the Piazza d’Italia monument on Poydras Street. That means the developer is all but certain to land the project, barring a city decision to issue a new request for proposals.
The single plan under consideration would turn the two parking lots, at 542 Tchoupitoulas St. and 545 S. Peters St., into a 29-floor, 355-room “lifestyle” hotel and a 14-floor, 155-room “select service” hotel. Both would be part of the Hard Rock Hotel brand and would feature a spa, a “rock shop,” specialty restaurants, a business center and a rooftop pool.
Included in the 14-floor hotel’s plan are spaces for what developers hope will become a New Orleans Center for Creative Arts center and a “jam school.” The developers plan to provide 20,602 square feet of meeting or convention space and 81,612 square feet of parking space.
Check out the gallery above to view the renderings.