A slew of hospitality projects are either planned or under construction in Downtown's South Park district, but the 110 freeway has long stood to the west as both a physical and psychological barrier to the redevelopment wave. However, it appears at least one developer is willing to take the plunge. Plans were submitted earlier this month for a four-story, 151-room hotel with ground floor retail at the southwest corner of Olympic Boulevard and Beacon Avenue. Given the location, perhaps we can expect an affordable hotel similar to the nearby Ramada Downtown West. The parcel at 1700 Olympic is currently occupied by the Olympic Presbyterian Church, a Korean language institution. The land was listed for sale on Loopnet last year, touting it as a mixed-use opportunity with close proximity to LA Live. While that may be true, who wants to take a one mile walk down that stretch of Olympic, especially after dark? Convention guests should get familiar with Metro's 28 bus.
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