See the Morial Convention Center hotel developers want

By Kevin Litten

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

November 13, 2018

The developer of a proposed 1,200-room Ernest N. Morial Convention Center hotel has released a rendering of the structure, a $558 million addition to the facility along the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

Dallas-based Matthews Southwest Hospitality is seeking approval to move forward with the hotel, which could be open by 2023. The development team, which includes New Orleans hotelier and investor Joe Jaeger, is working on terms that will lead to formal negotiations.

The Convention Center’s plan has drawn scrutiny because it relies heavily on subsidies that would need state and local approval. Mayor LaToya Cantrell has referenced a report from the nonprofit watchdog organization Bureau of Governmental Research that also questions the proposed public support.

Convention Center officials argue the hotel would make the city more competitive for larger conventions, which look for meeting spaces with hotels attached to provide easy access to programming, lodging, shopping and restaurants for conventioneers.

The architect for the project is Nunzio Marc DeSantis Architects.

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