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Near USC, new hotel set to rise on site of older Vagabond Inn

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A brick-clad building with two hotel brands

Department of City Planning

An existing two-story hotel in University Park could soon make way for a new, faux-historic style hotel. Plans call for knocking down the two-story Vagabond Inn at Figueroa and 31st Street and replacing it with a seven-story, brick-clad hotel containing two hotel brands, documents filed with the city’s department of city planning show. The project is scheduled to go before the city’s planning commission on Thursday.

According to planning documents, the hotel’s rooms will be split between an extended stay brand (150 rooms) and a standard hotel brand (125 rooms).

Both brands will share the same lobby. It looks like the hotel’s second level amenity deck—with a pool, gym, and barbecue area—will also be shared among the two brands.

Renderings of the project show off the 1,400-square-foot, street-level restaurant space as well as the building’s signs.

Planning documents note that the building is intended to be accessible not only to cars but also to pedestrians, and it uses “design elements reinforcing design orientation to the street,” including outdoor seating at the restaurant and the lobby entrance right off Figueroa.

The project will also include 173 car parking spaces in a two-level parking garage (one level above ground, and one below ground), plus 36 bicycle parking spaces.

Urbanize LA notes that planning staffers have recommended the planning commission approve the project, and approve an agreement with the developer, Vista Investments, that calls for Vista to pay $500,000 towards “green space improvements within the surrounding community.”