Earlier today, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to affirm a recommendation from its Planning and Land Use Committee to deny an appeal of a proposed Hyatt Centric hotel in Downtown's Fashion District.

Blue Arch Investments, a Mid-Wilshire based real estate investment firm, is seeking to redevelop a small commercial building and parking lot at 1140 S. Broadway with a 15-story hotel tower.  The project would include 139 guest rooms in addition to a 42-car garage.

AO is designing the hotel, which would stand approximately 198 feet in height.  A rendering depicts a contemporary mid-rise structure capped by a rooftop deck.

The project's appeal, filed by neighboring property owner Jade Enterprises, objected to the design of the Hyatt hotel.  Blue Arch's original project did not include a four-foot setback to allow for a widening of an alley which runs behind the property.  Jade, which is planning a 30-story apartment tower on its property, is intending to widen its side of the alley.

Blue Arch resolved the disagreement by redesigning the project to account for the four-foot setback, according to a letter submitted to the City Council by the company's attorney.  The letter requested that the appeal of the project's environmental clearance be denied.

The proposed Hyatt Centric, if completed, would be the latest in a string of hotels to open along the surrounding Broadway corridor.  Last year, a 174-room Hoxton hotel opened in the historic Los Angeles Railway Building, and construction is nearing completion at the neighboring Proper Hotel.