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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