More Details for the Morrison Hotel Redevelopment

Relevant Group plans to preserve the existing Morrison Hotel in South Park, while adding a 14-story expansion and an adjacent 27-story tower. 

More details have been revealed for the transformation of an aged South Park building that had a cameo in rock ‘n’ roll history.

An initial study in advance of the full environmental impact report has been released for developer the Relevant Group’s plans for the Morrison Hotel. The 1914 edifice at 1220 S. Hope St. gained fame after appearing on the cover of the rock band The Doors’ 1970 album Morrison Hotel.

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Relevant previously announced plans to refurbish the four-story building and create hotel rooms and residential units in both an expansion and a fully new tower. Plans call for demolishing three commercial structures on the site while preserving the hotel itself.

No budget has been revealed. According to the documents, the goal is to break ground next year and complete the project in 2023.

Relevant did not respond to requests for comment.

The new renderings and details include updates on the size of the structures and the individual components. Now there are plans for a total of 450 hotel rooms, plus 135 residential units.

The new structure attached to the existing Morrison Hotel will stand 14 stories, while Relevant has revealed that the other construction will be 27 floors. Architecture firm Steinberg Hart is designing the new additions, which would utilize dark glass and steel on the taller building, in contrast with the concrete and stone of the original structure.

The 27-story structure would hold all of the residential units, while hotel rooms would be split between all three buildings. The updated designs show multiple landscaped decks, including pools on the roof. The project would have three levels of below-grade parking with a total of 215 stalls.

The Morrison Hotel most recently served as a single-room occupancy building, but is now vacant. The public comment period for the project opened on April 12 and runs through May 13. Comments can be submitted through the website of the Department of City Planning.