The stadium hasn’t even been built yet, but Izek Shomof may have scored a touchdown across the street.
Downtown developer Izek Shomof dropped $18 million for the worn-down Airport Park View Hotel at 3900 W. Century Boulevard in Inglewood, The Real Deal has learned.
The sellers of the 61,400-square-foot hotel are listed as Kuok Cheong Wong, Thomas K. L. Wong, and Kuok Su Wong. The entity first acquired the property in July 2001 for $400,000, records show.
Shomof intends to completely renovate the property — while maintaining the bones — and re-do the pool, common area, lobby, corridor and rooms. The developer said he is still negotiating with a few hoteliers to see who will operate the 180 rooms.
“We are going to bring it up to today’s code and up to today’s style,” Shomof said. “It is going to be one of the nicest projects in the whole area.”
Ramtin Rafiee of BRC Advisors Commercial Real Estate brokered the sale.
Built in 1961, the hotel and motel once operated 175 rooms across three stories. Marketing materials from 2016 suggested a “great renovation opportunity in a desirable location in the midst of a major transformation.”
That transformation in question is the 70,240-seat stadium Stan Kroenke and Stockbridge Capital are building across the street, soon to be the home of the Los Angeles Rams. A 6,000-seat performing arts venue, a 120,000-square-foot casino and 620,000 square feet of retail are planned for the site. Construction is slated for completion in 2020.
Izek Shomof, head of Pacific Investment Group, is no stranger to repurposing dilapidated sites. Just this march, the Israeli developer unveiled his plans to transform the earthquake-ravished Panorama Tower on Van Nuys Boulevard into a live-work complex with ground-floor retail. In September 2016, he filed plans for a 122-unit, mixed use complex at 211 West Alpine Street in Chinatown. Other projects include the revitalization of the Boyle Heights Sears building and the Premiere Towers in the Historic Core.