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The developer of a proposed hotel in Koreatown is facing two appeals from a neighboring property owner and a labor union.

The project, filed last year by Maxum Development on behalf of an entity known as La Villa Puente, calls for razing four small residential buildings at 966 S. Dewey Avenue to make way for a six-story edifice that would feature 99 guest rooms and 63 parking spaces on a single basement level.

Architecture firm EWAI is designing the contemporary mid-rise structure, which would incorporate amenities such as a rooftop deck.

David Kim, the owner of a neighboring site on Catalina Street, has appealed the project's Zoning Administrator approval arguing that its height and operations will adversely impact his property.  He has requested that the project either have its approvals overturned, or be redesigned to reduce noise impacts on the surrounding area.

The second appeal - from the hotel labor union UNITE HERE Local 11 - attacks the project on CEQA grounds.

The Central Area Planning Commission will take up the appeals at its meeting on May 8.

One block from the project site, a pair of apartment and retail developments are now taking shape on opposite corners of Olympic Boulevard and Catalina Street.

Rendering of the Dewey Hotel. Image via LADCP.
Project site for the Dewey Hotel. Image via LADCP.

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