At its meeting on February 12, the Central Los Angeles Area Planning Commission is scheduled to consider an appeal of a proposed high-rise tower across the street from Downtown's Grand Hope Park.

The 27-story development, which would replace an office building at 949 S. Hope Street, would feature 236 apartments above 6,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space and parking for 179 vehicles.  Plans also call for a second-level amenity deck and a rooftop pool.

Solomon Cordwell Buenz is designing the tower, which would rise 274 feet above street level.  The building would reference a historic neighbor - the Standard Oil Building - with an exterior of silver and grey tones, and a renovation of an existing pedestrian pathway which runs between the two sites.

The project is facing an appeal by the homeowners association of the adjacent Skyline building, which is located immediately north of 949 Hope Street.  While a majority of letters submitted by residents merely express concern with construction impacts, but not outright opposition to the project, the appeal contends that the project should not have been approved because the entitlement application included the Skyline condos property and seeks to transfer floor area to 949 Hope Street without permission of the homeowners association.

The 949 Hope development was originally filed in 2017 by developer Forest City, which has since been purchased by Brookfield.

At the time of its submission, a project representative estimated that the tower would be completed in 2020.

The project would be the second tower to rise around the perimeter of Grand Hope Park, following CIM Group's 34-story 888 Hope development.