A tipster sends word that protective fencing has appeared around a half-acre property in Sherman Oaks, signaling the impending start of work for a new hotel.

The project - first reported by the website LAOCDB - is slated for a parking lot at 12828 W. Riverside Drive.  Plans call for a four-story building, featuring 94 guest rooms, 61 parking spaces and ancillary features such as a swimming pool.

Renderings from COE Architecture International portray a contemporary low-rise structure, clad with a mixture of cement board panels and plaster.

The proposed evelopment - known as Hotel Sherman Oaks - is being developed by Ramcal Management, Inc.

Rendering by COE Architecture International
Rendering by COE Architecture International
Image via LADCP

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City Looks to Update Land Use and Transportation Along Rail-to-River Corridor

A freight railway that cuts through South L.A. is set for rebirth as an active transportion corridor.

In 2012, Metro began exploring the possibility of transforming a segment of a former freight rail right-of-way that cuts through the heart of South Los Angeles into an active transportation project.  The project, now known as the Rail-to-River corridor, would convert the Harbor Subdivision - which runs east-to-west along Florence and Slauson Avenues - for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

To capitalize on this investment, the Cit