New Koreatown project will bring 200 hotel rooms to the neighborhood

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Last year, developer Urban Commons filed plans to convert a Koreatown post office into a 10-story building with hotel rooms, residential units, and retail space. Now, documents published by the planning department (and spotted by Urbanize LA) offer a glimpse of what that project might look like.

Renderings of the project, designed by architecture firm Danielian Associates, show that the structure will have a glassy design, with balconies on the lower levels and a rooftop pool deck partially covered by a wavy shade structure. In the illustrations, the project is called the “Midtown Hotel,” but it’s not clear whether or not that name will stick.

Plans indicate that the project will include 44 apartments, along with up to 200 hotel rooms and 18,000 square feet of commercial space, which will be divided between restaurants and retail businesses.

Rendering of project from the back
Project seen from street cornerProject seen from street corner

Located at the intersection of Sixth Street and Harvard Boulevard, roughly halfway between the Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/Normandie subway stops, the project will also include 205 parking spaces and 250 spots for bicycles.

Amenities for residents and hotel guests will include a pool, spa, lounge area, outdoor kitchen and fireplace, and multipurpose room.

Aerial view of the projectAerial view of the project

Work on the project is expected to begin in early 2019, with the development opening two years later in the first quarter of 2021.

Meanwhile, developer Urban Commons is at work on major renovations to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, as well as a massive redevelopment of the 65 acres of waterfront next door.

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