WeHo union pushes to stop hotel approvals

Group fears city will struggle to absorb construction pipeline

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Nov.November 16, 2018 02:00 PM
Unite Here Local 11 wants to prohibit WeHo from approving more hotel development until its effects can be further studied.

More than a year after West Hollywood’s city council denied a moratorium on hotel approvals, a union of hospitality workers is campaigning to give voters a chance to decide in 2020.

The union of hotel and restaurant employees – Unite Here Local 11 – wants to prohibit West Hollywood from approving or processing applications for construction of new hotels, including expansions and conversions, WeHoville.com reported.

The group would need the signatures of at least 10 percent of West Hollywood’s voters, and their next chance to get on the city ballot will be November 2020.

The union is pushing for the two-year ban on hotel development because of an “unprecedented hotel construction boom” the city allowed while it also faces a “dire shortage of affordable housing.” Residents fear they will be priced out.

The union group is citing the same reports that then-Mayor Lauren Meister cited in 2017 when she proposed a moratorium, which warned the city might struggle to absorb its construction pipeline. An advisory group said the impending surplus would “cannibalize the market.”

Meister’s proposal failed, and the tourism-dependent city expects that the volume of construction underway will raise hotel inventory 50-60 percent over the next few years. [WeHoville]Gregory Cornefield


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Architect Simon Park and a rendering of the project (Credit: SSPSTUDIO ARCHITECTURE & URBAN DESIGN)

Boyle Heights slated for another mixed-use project

The sale of the Ace Hotel was the biggest L.A. County hotel buy in 2019 (Credit: Google Maps)

Here are the biggest LA hotel sales of 2019

The Beverly Hills Montage at 225 N. Canon Drive

Qatar-backed hotel firm buys Montage Beverly Hills in record deal

Monica Rodriguez orchestrated the nixing of a residential project set for the Verdugo Hills Golf Course (Credit: Google Maps, Wikipedia)

The threat of fire doomed this Tujunga resi project. Now the developer will sue

From left: Michael Shabani, James Randall, and 8840 Beverly Boulevard (Credit: Getty Images)

Investor James Randall pays $36M for WeHo furniture showroom

Jason Illoulian and the Cemex plant

Faring makes $30M assemblage play on WeHo/LA border

6550 South Normandie Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)

Haroni Investments to turn parking lot into new apartments

Council President Herb Wesson and a rendering of District Square

City will draw up “anti-displacement zone” ordinance

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...