An auto repair garage located just west of the Harbor Freeway in University Park could soon make way for a low-rise hotel, according to an application recently submitted to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

The proposed project, slated for a roughly 13,400-square-foot site at 2813-2819 S. Flower Street, calls for the construction of a new five-story edifice featuring 47 guest rooms, commercial space, a rooftop deck, and an underground parking garage.  Proposed commercial uses include a restaurant, a cafe, and a small convenience store.

The design of the proposed hotel is described in an entitlement submission as being similar to the scale and style of other nearby structures.  A rendering depicts a contemporary low-rise structure with an exterior staircase rising to an outdoor deck facing the northern property line.

City records list the project applicant as the Alhambra-based entity KTT Investments, LLC, represented by FE Design & Consulting.

According to Tony Chou, managing partner with investment firm Opsis Capital, the project team includes architecture firm DK Design Workshop, Joyce Wang, and hotel management company Lifehouse.

The development site, located midway between the E Line's LATTC/Ortho Institute and Jefferson/23rd Street stations, follows a series of similar mixed-use projects now planned or under construction in the near vicinity.

Two blocks south, Canfield Development is now wrapping up work on a seven-story, 73-unit apartment complex near the intersection of Flower and 31st Street.

North across 28th Street, Amplify Development Co. and Core Spaces are planning a 157-unit mixed-use project at the site of a shuttered restaurant.

Another hotel development is also slated to replace the 1960s Vagabond Inn one block west at 3031 S. Figueroa Street.