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One year after clearing away a small commercial building at 1523 Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles-based real estate developer Relevant Group has officially broken ground on Hollywood's Thompson Hotel.

The 11-story building, located mid-block between Selma Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, will feature 200 guest rooms in addition to a swimming pool, a rootop deck and multiple food-and-beverage venues.

RCVA is designing the mid-rise structure, which diverges sharply from earlier renderings by the Rockwell Group.  Steinberg Architects is serving as the project's executive architect, while interior design is being handled by Tara Bernerd & Partners.

The project is the second in a series of hotels planned by Relevant, which recently completed work on the long-awaited Dream Hollywood a half-block east.  Other projects in the works include a Tommie hotel - which is expected to start construction this summer and open by 2019 - and a currently unbranded establishment is proposed next-door to the Dream.

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The Community Corporation of Santa Monica is pursuing the development of a new senior affordable housing complex just south of the 10 Freeway.

The proposed three-story edifice, slated for a 15,000-square-foot site at 1820 14th Street, would replace a series of smaller commercial buildings with 39 apartments reserved for low-income seniors.  Plans also call for a ground-floor community room, a laundry facility, a library, and one level of underground p