Hotel redevelopment will soon transform long-vacant upper floors of five historic Canal Street buildings

This story, originally written by Davis Allen, first appeared in Preservation in Print in October 2019.

On the 900 and 1000 blocks of Canal Street, a project by Redmellon Restoration & Development is underway to turn the lights back on in the upper floors of five historic buildings: four adjacent buildings between 1001 and 1015 Canal St., and one across the street at 934 Canal. Today, four of the five buildings have retail tenants on the ground floor, but the upper floors have remained empty for decades.

As business carries on along the ground floor, work will soon commence to transform the upper floors into a hotel.

Redmellon, a local real estate development company focused on historic rehabilitation, urban infill and affordable housing projects, is a co-owner of this Canal Street project, along with building owner Hammy Halum. (Full disclosure: Neal Morris, principal of Redmellon, is a board member of the Preservation Resource Center.)

The five buildings were constructed at different times and weave different architecture and history into the urban fabric of the streetscape.

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