The owner of the 5.8-acre Sportsmen’s Lodge has filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to transform the hotel into a mixed-use housing complex with 520 apartments, of which 78 are reserved for affordable housing.
The project filing comes just over two weeks after homeless service providers rushed to move 200 unhoused tenants sheltering at the hotel, in a project called Project Roomkey, during the pandemic to alternative sites, most of which are also temporary. The hotel served as a refuge for those most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A shopping center next to the Studio City hotel that was under construction, 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 upscale Erewhon grocery store, as well as cafes, restaurants, and retail stores.
Here are some other things to know about the proposed housing project:
- The existing hotel would be demolished and replaced with a new building designed by architect Marmol Radziner.
- The project is being developed by owner Midwood Investment & Development, who also redeveloped the neighboring mall on the banquet area side that was previously a Studio City hospitality and event venue for weddings, birthdays and other occasions. similar.
- The housing project would also include a pedestrian path and access to the Los Angeles River.
- Owner Midwood said he 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 in this community since my grandfather invested in 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 showcasing the property with that in mind. We know it will continue to be a gathering place for the community once completed.
Midwood Senior Vice President Ben Besley said they “look 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.”