The owner of the 5.8-acre Sportsmen’s Lodge site has filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to turn the hotel into a mixed-use housing development with 520 apartments – 78 earmarked as affordable housing.
The project’s filing comes just over two weeks after homeless service providers rushed to move 200 homeless tenants sheltering in hotels, under a project called Project Roomkey, during the pandemic to alternative sites, most of them also temporary. The hotel served as a refuge for those most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A mall next to the under-construction Studio City Hotel, called The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge, is also slated to open in September on the site of the former banquet center. Tenants include the high-end Erewhon grocery store, as well as cafes, restaurants and retail stores.
Here are a few other things to know about the proposed housing project:
- The existing hotel would be demolished and replaced by a new building designed by architect Marmol Radziner.
- The project is being developed by owner Midwood Investment & Development, which has also redeveloped the nearby mall on the side of the banquet area that was previously a Studio City set-up and event venue for weddings, birthdays and d other similar occasions.
- The housing project would also include a pedestrian pathway and access to the Los Angeles River.
- Owner Midwood said it assessed the hotel’s long-term viability before and during the pandemic, and decided the residential project was the “best use of the property”.
“Midwood has been a neighbor to this community since my grandfather invested in the Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel in 1961,” Midwood CEO John Usdan said in a statement. “We understand the historic significance of the Sportsmen’s Lodge site and are committed to improving and enhancing the property with this in mind. We know it will continue to be a gathering place for the community once completed.
Midwood’s senior vice president, Ben Besley, said they are “looking forward to opening The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge this summer, as we believe it will be a (popular) gathering place for Studio City.”
“The addition of The Residences would provide a true live-work experience, improve transportation infrastructure in the area, and activate Ventura Boulevard and the Los Angeles River.”