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Blakeview: The Jung Hotel 

A multimillion dollar effort is underway to renovate the building

A historic building is set to see new life this year when the old Jung Hotel on Canal Street reopens. The hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, originally opened with 325 rooms in December 1925 at the corner of Canal and LaSalle streets. Three years later, an 18-story annex was added, which included a rooftop garden and ballroom that became a popular spot for dances and high school proms. The hotel became one of the largest in the South in the 1950s and '60s. During that time, it was home to radio stations WJMR-FM and WNNR-AM, featuring legendary disc jockey Poppa Stoppa. President Lyndon Johnson spoke at the hotel during a 1964 fundraiser. The building changed hands several times in recent years and operated as Braniff Place, the Clarion and the Radisson. Now a $130 million effort is underway to renovate the building into a 145-room hotel with 175 apartments and 50,000 square feet of retail space.

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