A proposal to build boutique hotel next door to San Pedro's Warner Grand Theatre has hit a roadblock, according to an appeal to be considered at an upcoming meeting of the Harbor Area Planning Commission.
Last year, A.J. Khair Development & Construction purchased a currently-vacant lot at the corner of 6th Street and Pacific Avenue, and subsequently submitted plans to the City of Los Angeles to build a seven-story, 80-room hotel on the site. The proposed hotel, designed by AXIS/GFA, would also include 62 parking spaces, a rooftop bar, and ground-floor restaurant space.
However, the project was dealt a setback in April 2019, when a Los Angeles associate zoning administrator denied a request for a 19 percent increase in density for the project. The ruling, if it stands, would restrict the hotel to a maximum of 67 guest rooms.
A.J. Khair has appealed that determination to the Harbor Area Planning Commission, citing support from San Pedro Councilmember Joe Buscaino, neighboring businesses, and both the Northwest and Central San Pedro Neighborhood Councils. A letter submitted with the appeal applicant argues that the proposed project is appropriate for the site, and in conformance with the San Pedro Community Plan, as a zoning administrator's adjustment can permit up to a 20 percent increase in density.
"The findings for the Adjustment can be made in this case as the 80-room hotel is well-designed...and is uniquely located on a corner lot," reads the letter. "The project site has three frontages - West 6th Street, South Pacific Avenue, and the alley that runs parallel to South Pacific Avenue. These frontages allow plenty of light and air into the Property and do not impact the privacy of adjacent properties."
The hearing is scheduled to occur on August 6.