A proposal for a 138-room hotel in the New Orleans business district has been approved by the architectural review committee of the Historic District Landmarks Commission.

New Orleans CityBusiness reports HW Real Estate Development Corp. of Chicago is planning to build the hotel and a ground-floor restaurant on a 26,000-square-foot L-shaped lot that faces Julia Street on one end and Baronne Street at the other.

The property also wraps around an existing two-story residence on Julia Street and a four-story building at the corner of Baronne and Julia.

The project still requires approval from the city for demolition of a parking shed at the site.

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