DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Many times over the past few decades, individuals affiliated with Hill Street’s dilapidated Hotel Clark have said the structure will be turned around and opened.
Now, plans are being announced again, but officials swear that this time an opening truly is imminent.
The 11-story building at 426 S. Hill St. is slated to become a 347-room hotel with three restaurants and be operated by New York’s King & Grove Hotels. It would also hold an 11,500-square-foot banquet space and a lobby bar.
The project, which most recently had been slated to open by the end of 2012, has one upcoming hurdle. On April 9, project officials will go before the city’s Planning Commission for a hearing regarding the hotel’s liquor license.
The city previously approved the license, but it has been appealed by Unite Here Local 11, a union that represents workers in the service industry. Peterson said the union is questioning the validity of the project’s environmental impact report.
Despite the appeal, Peterson said the project should continue on schedule.
“We are confident that we will be prevailing,” she said.
On Monday afternoon, a pair of workers were painting the exterior of the building just north of Pershing Square. Interior work has already been completed, said Peterson.
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