The very happening Arts District might get its third hotel. Plans filed Wednesday with the city planning department propose an expansion and conversion of an old building and adjoining parking lot at the corner of Seventh Street and Santa Fe Avenue into a hotel with more than 50 rooms and a restaurant and rooftop pool.
Constructed in 1915, the three-story building at 2053 East Seventh Street would be expanded by 53,353 square feet under the plans filed by developer Ralph Ziman and his company, 1711 Lincoln, LLC.
Ziman is applying for a permit to turn the rooftop into a “live entertainment outdoor space” with dining and dancing.
The building was formerly home to 38 SRO units and Licha's Bar and Grill, but it’s now used as a filming location. It was on the market in 2014 in a probate sale, and its location was marketed as “one of the most sought after intersections in Downtown’s booming Arts District.”
It was only in September of last year that a proposal cropped up for the first one, a 66-room condominium-hotel in an old brick building at Fourth and Alameda Streets. There’s also a proposal to turn an old fire station into a 10-room hotel with retail and restaurant space—also at Seventh and Santa Fe.