Downtown LA's old Morrison Hotel poised for a fancy makeover

American rock group The Doors, from left to right: Ray Manzarek (organist), Robby Krieger (guitarist), Jim Morrison (lead singer), and John Densmore (drummer), posed for the MORRISON HOTEL album cover at Morrison Hotel in Los Angeles, California on December 17, 1969. Photo by Henry Diltz.
American rock group The Doors, from left to right: Ray Manzarek (organist), Robby Krieger (guitarist), Jim Morrison (lead singer), and John Densmore (drummer), posed for the MORRISON HOTEL album cover at Morrison Hotel in Los Angeles, California on December 17, 1969. Photo by Henry Diltz.

In 1970, the Morrison Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles was immortalized by The Doors album of the same name. On the album’s cover, the band was photographed through the window of the lobby with the hotel’s painted signage serving as the album title.

Now plans are in the works to restore the 102-year-old building at 1246 South Hope Street, in Downtown LA's South Park neighborhood. It has sat vacant for the past eight years; before 2008, it served as low-income housing.

Urbanize LA reports that developer Hollywood International Regional Center wants to reopen it with 80 hotel rooms, ground level retail space, a fitness center, and lounge, with construction scheduled to start before the end of 2017.

Even though it's been empty for a number of years, the redevelopment would constitute a loss of low income units, so the developer would be on the hook to either build affordable units off-site or pay a fee "equivalent to site acquisition plus 80% of construction costs." According to Urbanize LA, if the developer chooses to build low income housing off-site, it would assist the Skid Row Housing Trust in building a five-story, 111-unit project at 401 East 7th Street.

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Retrieved on 15 December 2018 from https://la.curbed.com/2016/11/9/13576244/morrison-hotel-doors-downtown-los-angeles-makeover

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