Planning commission shoots down USC-adjacent hotel plans

Commissioners were unsatisfied with the number of bike parking spots and lack of a restaurant

Feb.February 13, 2017 03:00 PM
Commissioner Dana Perlman

Who knew Los Angeles planning commissioners were such foodies?

They voted 4-2 against developer Vista Investments’ plans to revamp the Vagabond Inn near USC into a 275-key hotel, Curbed reported, citing the lack of a ground-floor restaurant and bike parking.

“It does not engage the street, one of the few great streets in the city,” said commissioner Dana Perlman, who voted against it. “Not having a restaurant is a loss. Without a restaurant, I can’t support it.”

The plans did include, however, a 1,400-square-foot first-floor cafe and 18 bike parking spots. It was also recommended by the planning department, so long as Vista agreed to pay an extra $500,000 for green space improvements in the surrounding community.

Figueroa Street is undergoing an expansion of bike lanes, bus platforms, and other accessibility features for bikers and pedestrians. Despite the commission’s down vote, Vista Investment will now be able to appeal to City Council. [Curbed]Cathaleen Chen

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