Downtown residential development may be slowing from its overly excited pace, but hotel business in the neighborhood continues: A new boutique hotel--to be called Clark Hotel--will open in eight months in the old Eli P. Clark Hotel space at 426 S. Hill Street, according to Michel Attias, who works as the West Coast representative for New York-based developer Chetrit. As first noted by downtown blog Angelenic, local architecture firm Ratzsch Architects is doing work on the 12-story structure, including renovations of the lobby, rooms, and adding, as seen above, a pool. The obvious question for those obsessed with downtown pools/lobster pens/curling rinks: What's the pool's depth? Five feet, according to Andrew Ratzsch, principal at the architectural firm.
Both the pool and the planned 5,500 square foot restaurant will be located on the smaller, two-story adjacent building, according to Ratzsch, adding there will be outdoor seating at the restaurant.
Meanwhile, Chetrit also is the owner of the weedy 9th and Grand lot; according to Attias, the development company is still looking for financing to complete that project, another planned hotel. "We expect the company to break ground in a year," Attias told Curbed (we've been told other timelines previously). If that hotel does indeed go through, it would join a group of downtown new hotels that include the Ritz Carlton, the planned Holiday Inn and that planned Spring Street icicle hotel [Image of Eli P. Clark Hotel via You-Are-Here.com]
· Developer Chetrit: Hotel Still Planned For Weedy 9th And Grand Parcel [Curbed LA]
· hotel clark to make big comeback [Angelenic]