An image sent by photographer Michael Hayes shows that completion is nearing for the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, a $200-million luxury hotel next to the iconic Beverly Hilton.

Developer Beny Alagem is constructing the 12-story building at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevard, creating 170 guest rooms with a collection of shops and restaurants.

Architecture firms Gensler, Perkins + Will and Pierre-Yves Rochon are designing the mid-rise development in the Streamline Moderne style, with a variety of high-quality finishes.

The official website of the project shows that the hotel will begin taking reservations in June.

Alagem is also pursuing the development a pair of mid-rise condominium towers on the property, after an alternate proposal to build a 26-story tower was rejected by Beverly Hills voters in November.

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Western Avenue Great Streets Project Expands in Scope

An extra $200,000 could pay for more items from a community wish list.

The people-friendly makeover imagined for Western Avenue through Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets Initiative could be getting a little bit grander in scope.

The project, dubbed "Welcome to Western," is intended to bring commercial facade improvements, new street trees, and public art installations to Western Avenue between 3rd Street in the south and Melrose Avenue in the north.  LA Más, the non