The final plan would have authorized special tax districts around the city, not just for the World Trade Center.
If approved, city wouldn't share with other government agencies the taxes from development on some parcels.
The city says it should receive a fair price; a source with the developer says it offered more than the appraisal.
He'll take questions from Lens readers at noon Thursday.
Small and modest projects always exceed expectations while big ones never fulfill theirs.
Legislature to consider room tax, perhaps 1.5 percent, to benefit organizations marketing the city.
Hotels are part of two proposals. Two envision tourist attractions: a "Sky Wheel" or "Tricentennial Tower."
According to a document obtained by The Lens, the shuttered, 33-story World Trade Center would be demolished, and a towering sculpture and a park – meant to become a tourism icon for the city of New Orleans — would be built in its place at the foot of Canal Street.
A bill pending in the Legislature would authorize a $185 million expansion of the Convention Center, financing of a private hotel, and conversion of the World Trade Center site to a riverfront park. Mayor Mitch Landrieu envisions an attraction on par with the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.