The owner of half-acre site just north of Hollywood Boulevard has received approvals to redevelop the property with hotel, but now faces an appeal seeking to halt the project.

The proposed development would rise from a half-acre property at 1719 Whitley Avenue, replacing 40 existing residential units in six buildings.  Plans call for the construction of a 10-story building featuring 156 guest rooms and a small gift shop above a three-level, 122-car garage.

Daryoush Safai is designing the mid-rise structure, which would stand approximately 132 feet in height.  Renderings show that the hotel would be wrapped with cantilevered balconies and capped by a rooftop pool deck.

The project developer is listed as the Palms-based entity Whitley Apartments, LLC.

Although the proposed hotel received its letter of determination on August 1 and the property owner is now pursuing demolition and building permits for the site, current residents at 1719 Whitley have mounted resistance to the project, alleging underhanded tactics on the part of their landlord.  An appeal was formally submitted to the City of Los Angeles on August 7.

A similar hotel development is planned one block east between Hudson and Wilcox Avenues.