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Downtown's Alexandria Hotel Slapped With Restraining Order

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More fallout from Downtown's gentrification. The Garment and Citizen is reporting that a federal court has issued a temporary restraining order against the owners of the Alexandria Hotel on 5th and Spring. The restraining order prohibits the owners from forcing tenants out of the low-rent residential hotel and is part of the larger lawsuit related to renovation and tenant evictions filed late last year. Also named in the lawsuit: "the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) and the City of Los Angeles...charging that both entities failed to 'adopt and follow an adequate relocation plan' before providing public funding for a renovation plan by the Alexandria’s ownership." Among the charges against the Alexandria - residents were evicted and given no relocation assistance, water and elevator shutoffs that stranded elderly residents on the top floors, and no heat or hot water. The Alexandria is currently undergoing a $14 million renovation. Big Orange Landmarks provides more detail on the history of the building and some great photos of its landmarked Palm Court.
· Federal Court Issues Restraining Order at Alexandria [LAGC]
· Downtown's Alexandria Hotel Slapped With Lawsuit; Tenants Speak of Evictions, No Hot Water [Curbed LA]