An interesting project is up for a pre-application review with the Historic Landmarks Commission on March 1: the conversion of the former Forever 21 building at 901 State Street (Canon Perdido) into a 22-room hotel. The owner is Ray Mahboob; DMHA and Henry Lenny Design Studio are the architects.
From the agenda:
Proposal for adaptive reuse of existing two-story building with basement and mezzanine, and voluntary merger with adjacent lot for new egress stair; remove roof and replace with new two-level occupied roof with pool, spa, restrooms and bar; new stairs on adjacent parcel and two new elevators to access roof deck and basement; expansion of loading area along Canon Perdido. Site is in a 100% zone of benefit in the Central Business district and no parking is existing or proposed.
The basement level includes “food & bev,” but it seems to be more of a bar.
There are 11 more guest rooms on the third floor, some of which are “shared,” which implies that this will not be a particularly high-end hotel. Also, some of the non-shared rooms in the hotel are as small as 250 square feet.
The full set of submitted plans can be seen here. It would join two other new hotels on State, the recently opened 45-room Drift and the 66-room one in the works at State and Ortega. The project it resembles most, however, is the abandoned proposal to turn 801 State Street into a 14-room hotel, which also included basement and rooftop bars.
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