A half-mile west of the Los Angeles Convention Center, a mid-rise office building in Pico Union could see new life as a hotel.

According to a case filing from the Department of City Planning, the owner of the five-story 1960s structure at 1543 W. Olympic Boulevard intends to conver its upper levels into 200 hotel rooms.  The proposed adaptive reuse project would also include food and beverage venues on both the buildings ground and roof levels, as well as various guest amenities.

City records list Chul H. Shin of Union & Grattan Properties, LLC as the project's developer.

One block west, a similar hotel development is planned for a one-acre property at 1700 W. Olympic Boulevard.

1543 Olympic Boulevard (Image: Google Street View)
1543 Olympic Boulevard (Image: Google Maps)

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