A New Orleans architectural firm has been hired to draw preliminary plans for the restaurant and nightclub tourist area the city wants to develop along the 91 Freeway next to the Compton Lazben Hotel. By a 4-1 vote, the City Council agreed to pay $28,000 to Eskew, Vogt, Salvato & Filson Architects to design an entertainment park patterned after the French Quarter in New Orleans.
The Bourbon Street West project, as it is being called, is another redevelopment project aimed at luring private businesses into Compton by offering tax breaks and low-interest construction financing. There already is an auto sales plaza alongside the freeway and the hotel is under construction. The hotel has been plagued with construction and financing delays, but is supposed to open in December.
Councilman Maxcy D. Filer voted against hiring the architects. He said he wants to see the hotel completed before the city moves on to a new project.