The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a new hotel just down the street from Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles. The approval, which included a number of zoning changes, was granted without discussion.

Mexican hotel operator Grupo Habita plans to convert a 44,600 square-foot building currently at 400 South Alameda Street into a 66-room boutique hotel. The plans also call for a 3,800 square-foot restaurant, retail space and a rooftop pool deck with a bar and lounge.

The current edifice. Courtesy of Google Maps.

The entrance for the hotel and the restaurant would be on Seaton Street, according to planning documents. There are no plans in place for parking, even offsite.

However, the hotel design would require a fourth floor. The city council amended the site’s zoning requirements to allow for a taller building, along with alcohol sales. The land use designation for the property was also approved unanimously from “heavy manufacturing” to “community commercial.”

This won’t be the first time the building sports a fourth floor, according to a historical assessment. The original edifice, built as a mattress factory in 1911, was that tall before the 1971 Sylmar earthquake damaged it beyond repair.



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