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In busy Chinatown, 9-story hotel proposed to replace motel

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The owners are planning a hotel and rooftop restaurant

Michael Locke

The owners of the Royal Pagoda Motel on Broadway in Chinatown have proposed razing the two-story building and replacing it with a nine-story hotel.

The Kwong Family Irrevocable Trust filed plans with the city on Tuesday. The new hotel would measure about 112,000 square feet and feature a rooftop restaurant and lounge.

The Royal Pagoda building dates to 1964, according to city records. It sits at the southwest corner of Bernard and Broadway, near the onramp to the 110 Freeway. A representative for the owners did not return a request for comment.

Farther north on Broadway, a long and narrow project with 920 housing units is proposed by developers Lincoln Property Company and S & R Partners, which is run by the San Antonio Winery’s Riboli family. The project would rise between Broadway and the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Chinatown as whole is drawing lots of attention from developers. In the last year, a 27-story tower with housing, retail, and office space has been proposed as a replacement for an existing retail center and a 26-story apartment and hotel tower designed by Studio Gang has been put forth on a site occupied by a low-rise building and a former movie theater.