It seems that there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for Downtown's Hotel Clark.
After more than seven years of construction, the 11-story, 347-room hotel - located at 426 S. Hill Street - is scheduled to reopen in mid-September, according to a representative of Journal Hotels.
A website for the Hotel Clark advertises the property as featuring a 6,000-square-foot outdoor pool deck and cafe, a 10,000-square-foot banquet hall, and a 7,000-square-foot communal work space on its second floor. Plans also call for a ground-floor lounge.
Located just north of Pershing Square, the Hotel Clark was completed as a 555-room hotel in 1904. According to website of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science, the building was purchased by the People's Republic of China in the 1980s, which intended to transform the mid-rise structure into a business and cultural center. However, those plans were scuttled due to a growing rift between the United States and China, and the building was subsequently sold.
The property eventually came into the portfolio of the Chetrit Group, a New York-based real estate investment firm that has owned several prominent buildings in Downtown Los Angeles - including the NoMad Hotel and 611 Place. The Chetrits initiated plans to reactivate the Clark as a hotel a decade ago, and much of the necessary construction is already complete, but an opening date has remained elusive. The involvement of Journal Hotels was first announced last year.
The Chetrits also own another prominent Downtown hotel - the Trinity Hotel at 9th Street and Grand Avenue - where work is also mostly finished. The New York Post reported last year that the 183-room property, which features a rooftop deck and a 2,000-seat auditorium, was to open at the end of 2018.
The Hotel Clark neighbors an L-shaped property where JMF Development Co. is seeking entitlements for the construction of a 53-story hotel and residential tower. Across Hill Street, construction is now wrapping up for the 24-story Park Fifth tower and the adjacent Trademark apartments.
- Hotel Clark (Urbanize LA)