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City officials approve demolition of old Tulane Avenue hotel and South Alexander Street home

A former hotel on Tulane Avenue was approved for demolition by the Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee. (photo via Google)
A former hotel on Tulane Avenue was approved for demolition by the Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee. (photo via Google)

The Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee unanimously approved demolition requests for two Mid-City properties at Monday’s meeting, one of them a former hotel.

The former hotel property, located at 2820 Tulane Avenue near Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, was represented by Sam Bailey of Louisiana Demolition, Inc. Bailey said the owner, Bahram Khoobehi wants to rebuild a “new retail spot.”

No further details were disclosed other than the architect of the project had not finished the construction plans, according to Bailey.

A home located at 622 South Alexander Street was also approved for demolition. The existing property at the location is a two-family home that was built in the mid-1940’s, according to architect of the project, Byron Mouton.

Mouton said the owners, Alex and Arwen Podesta, plan to rebuild another two-family home.

Plans show one phase of the project will be a single family home with five bathrooms and three bedrooms, and the other phase will be an additional unit with two bedrooms and bathrooms.

NCDAC chairman Edward Horan said that even though he was not allowed to vote due to his chairman status, he was in support of the project.

“I live in the 600 block of South Alexander a few doors down and so I see this all the time and I want to say welcome to the neighborhood,” Horan said.

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